Friday, 20 July, 2018

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Kevin de Bruyne says Martinez has instilled much-need belief in Belgium's players Kevin de Bruyne says Martinez has instilled much-need belief in Belgium's players
Rita Gibson | 11 July, 2018, 16:44

Paul Pogba dedicated France's semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday to members of the Thai football team who were rescued from a flooded cave.

"In the changing room, [coach] Didier Deschamps was happy".

'When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on Nzonzi then Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

Gareth Southgate's England side have exceeded all expectations in Russian Federation this summer with the Three Lions preparing to face Croatia tonight, in, what will be just the third World Cup semi-final in their history.

"Belgian football has got a wealth of young talent coming through and in my role, I've got an eye on the Euros in 2020", said coach Roberto Martinez, who signed a two-year contract extension to take him through to 2020 just weeks before the World Cup kicked off.

"We didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup", he said.

'Please understand': Ronaldo pens emotional letter to Real fans
If Ronaldo does end up leaving the club, Real Madrid will have a massive hole to fill in attack, to go with the financial means that have defined the club for years.

All we can say is that for two of these four sides that answer will come sooner rather than later, as today (*producer jump zoom*): one of these nations is going home.

A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow. We worked hard defensively.

"It is an unforgettable moment - I remember Zizou at the Arc de Triomphe, and I hope that we will have our chance".

"I know that I am important and that I was not at my best in the group". From there, he helped analyse the game for RT, who he's been working for during the World Cup.

France lost the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.

"We wanted to reach this final, and now we have made it", he told TF1.

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