Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title

Posted July 11, 2018

France faces Belgium on Tuesday for a place in Sunday's World Cup final while England take on Croatia in the other semifinal on Wednesday.

In addition to touching on England's preparations for the nation's biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

France got Deschamped in the second half and as soon as Samuel Umtiti headed past Thibaut Courtois just after the break, they closed the game down completely.

"We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup".

France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris is rallying around his team Les Bleus prepare for their crucial World Cup Semi final clash with Belgiun here tonight.

Pubs and bars across the town centre will be showing the match and it is likely Friar Street and Station Road will be closed to traffic again, with buses diverted and picking up from alternative stops.

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

England face Colombia tonight in battle to reach World Cup quarter-finals
England will have just three days to recover before facing Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the semifinals. It has to be transparent. "I started to get the feeling that this team could be risky in the next few tournaments".

"The Euros were at home, but here we can still feel the support of the French people", said Deschamps, who praised the commitment of his players.

"Maybe it will be a more hard match than against Brazil". "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".

The managers at two bars in Moscow that have been showing World Cup games said their venues had been packed to the rafters whenever Russian Federation was playing, but that they did not expect the high demand to continue.

"It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special to get to the final and win it".

His legendary 1990 squad featured some of England's finest players, including Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher and Gary Lineker. I'm very proud of them.

What's more, a quick browse on the World Cup collection section on the official M&S website, where the Southgate-style waistcoat is priced at £65, shows that it's only available in XXL online.