Deschamps hails French character after semi-final win

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England have been based in Repino near St. Petersburg for the tournament, but their campaign has taken them to five different host cities.

Kylian Mbappe said he never imagined - "not even in my wildest dreams" - that he could help France reach the World Cup final after Les Bleus saw off Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

We have to admit, listening to it is all the sweeter knowing our old rivals are already out of the World Cup.

"Shortly after the semifinal game between teams of France and Belgium, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron, who was present at the game".

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Sterling and co face Croatia on Wednesday evening, with the victor facing either France or Belgium in the final on Sunday in what is now an all-European affair, the third time this will have happened in four tournaments.

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Iran failed to progress from their group at the 2018 World Cup after one win against Morocco, a draw with Portugal and defeat to Spain.

France coach Didier Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having so many stars in his squad, but the organization of the team was superb and Belgium were, largely restricted to only minor chances that were kept out by the flying Lloris.

The World Cup is set to get back underway this afternoon.

Federation Internationale de Football Association awards the titles for the tournament's top scorer, best player, best goalkeeper, most disciplined team and best young footballer after the final.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

That surprisingly angry exchange was the only bitter moment in an otherwise routine news conference, where manager Zlatko Dalic admitted playing two games that went to penalties had taken a toll but said Croatia would be ready.

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