Didier Deschamps hails French character after semi-final win

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrating with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic after scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout

Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrating with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic after scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout

France, looking for their second World Cup triumph following their victory at home in 1998, will play a unsafe Belgium side in Tuesday's first semi-final.

After the group phase, Neville laid out how he felt the knockout stages would play out in Russian Federation and he pretty much nailed it. "Of course he hasn't scored the goals we would have liked to score but for myself and the players he has been a crucial part of the way we have been playing".

The knockout stage of the World Cup is the single-elimination portion of the tournament with the 16 teams who advanced from the Group stage.

"But when it happens like that you have to make sure you are still benefiting the team and helping them as much as you can, off the ball".

The Golden Boot is is the name of the award presented to the player who scores the most goals in the World Cup.

It might even end with an England-France final. These games will decide the final winners.

England's run to the World Cup semi-finals has prompted widespread praise but amid the euphoria midfielder Dele Alli can still be self-critical. That's the detail you get in the semifinal of the World Cup.

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"England play a little different than previously, attacking-minded and attractive", he said. It was a match at the highest level played with undeniable quality. I think we can do it.

The 32-year-old is Croatia's top scorer in the tournament with two goals and twice netted in nail-biting penalty shoot-outs against Denmark and Russian Federation.

"We respect every opponent but there is no fear from our side. Until last night, when all the pain was removed and when we finally experienced a revival of 1998", the Sportski Novosti newspaper said after that match.

"Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998".

After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory.

"We have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do and when you have such a solid foundation, it's not a surprise that it's going well for us".

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