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Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Paris celebrates France's march to the World Cup final

Paris celebrates France's march to the World Cup final

Ironically, Alli says he felt he did better with the less familiar tasks than with his usual forte, making penetrating runs and providing a threat in the box.

"Obviously we know we are playing in the World Cup, in the semi-final".

Martinez, who has signed a new contract with the Belgian federation, has backed his team to bounce back from the semi-final loss to France and put up a strong performance in the third place play-off match on Saturday. "I remember when we celebrated Suker's goal but as soon as we sat back down it was level".

Following their affable coach's example, as well as being the most exciting team England team for some time on the field, they are also the most likeable.

For Real Madrid, Raphael Varane should be in the French XI and will come up against his club teammate Luka Modric.

The likes of Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford opted for a more physical activity as they played a bit of basketball at their training base near Saint Petersburg.

"We had to believe and we know how talented we are as a squad", he added. "We seem to have a structure now where the philosophy is to play from the back".

The calmness in England's camp on and off the field is in stark contrast to Croatia's experience. They were completely out on their feet late against Russian Federation. Croatia, meanwhile, is dealing with issues surrounding defender Domagoj Vida and comments he's made in videos.

Earlier in the tournament, AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home, reportedly over a disagreement with coach Zlatko Dalic about his fitness.

A victory over Croatia would spell England's first World Cup final match since its only championship victory in the tournament back in 1966.

With England looking to continue their assault towards the final and Belgium and France clashing in the other last-four match, the Magic Manpundit has offered his views on how things will unfold.

With 10 minutes left and Belgium pressing, Lloris flew off his line to his left to push away a powerful shot from midfielder Axel Witsel.

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