England star marvels at journey from MK Dons to Moscow

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

Center back Samuel Umtiti put France on the board in the 51st minute with a header off of a corner, and the team managed to hold that narrow lead for the last 40 minutes and change.

England or Croatia stand between the 1998 winners and a second world crown, but France will be favourites to lift the trophy in Moscow on Sunday. I must say all four teams really deserve to be in the semi-finals as they've earned their places through consistent and solid performances.

The Tottenham defender did however start England's last group game against Belgium, and could feature from the bench against Croatia, as he did against Colombia in the last 16 match.

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", Mbappe said.

"Now we want to continue until the end", he said. We are so focused on the games that you forget what we have done so far. I helped the side like I always do and won the ball back as much as I could.

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"We need to understand it's an important game, but I accept it's very hard after a game with the emotions we had today".

The Red Devils will be busting with confidence having got the scalp of pre tournament favorites Brazil. As President Emmanuel Macron sprang in the air to celebrate his nation's victory, the Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde appeared glum in their seats beside him (pictured, centre). "When you had the ambition of getting to the final, it's tough individually and collectively to prepare for the next game". "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the team to the World Cup final on Monday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn't be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.

Roberto Martinez bemoaned the fact the semi-final had been decided on a set-piece, however the Atletico forward believes it's an important part of Les Bleus' gameplan.

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