Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

He enjoyed a 46% success rate in the group stage, correctly guessing the outcome of 22 of the 48 games.

They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium.

"If France go to the final against England, I think England will beat them".

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane have formed a solid partnership in central defence; Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante have been strong in midfield; and Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud offer a pacy and well-balanced attack. "Not even in my wildest dreams, and I am a big dreamer, would I have imagined this", he said.

"They made a commitment of trying to help each other become a high-performance squad and to come together to be as good as we can at worldwide level has been a two-year process".

"At the World Cup we have teams who profit from players of other countries, with the justification that these players have the nationality of their team". They have a good squad depth and know what they need to do in order to win a game.

"When I was playing against Monaco he had only played about 10 matches".




I was at both of Croatia's matches in the knockout stages - their penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation.

Southgate's youthful side have become one of the stories of the tournament, reaching the semi-finals with a fresh and stylish philosophy that bodes well for the future.

But this just strikes me as one of those games that I really do think England will win by hook or by crook.

And going back to England, I have to give a special mention to Harry Maguire.

It's also a dozen years since the French lost in the final of the World Cup at the hands of Italy. We want to continue doing everybody proud'.

"Every one of them has got to be a captain on the field".

After his team fell behind, Martinez took off Dembele and pulled De Bruyne back into central midfield, and though Belgium did not get a goal, they controlled the play better and created more chances.

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