Dele Alli’s ready for England’s showdown with Croatia

Gary Lineker heads the ball against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has hailed Paul Pogba's performance vs Belgium as France reached the final of the World Cup.

"It's me that scored", Umtiti said, "but we all delivered a big game". "You don't want to watch it back but we know how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger".

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup. "They are young, but there is character, and mentality - it was tough for them against this Belgium side".

Alli had yet to play a competitive game for Spurs when he nutmegged Modric in a 2015 pre-season friendly - earning a cheerful rebuke from his more established opponent. "That I score and we win", he said.

"We would like to host them and share with them the happiness of football, hoping that this can go some way to helping them after everything they've been through in the last few weeks". Alli wore a piece of tape on his knee from an old injury in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup tournament.


"It won't be easy, but to get into the semifinals it's a new motive for us", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told the AP. We must not let this chance pass.

N'Golo Kante spoke of his "immense joy" and "pride" at the feat and promised to give everything in the Moscow final. "We must take advantage of it now". We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

"Today I'm happy but it's not like the Euros".

"We owe them a lot of thanks as well for the way they have supported us". We worked hard defensively. The president's joy was mirrored back home in France as supporters celebrated with flares and flags ahead of on the Champs-Élysées (pictured, top-right and bottom-right).

The wild celebrations, filmed by many bystanders with videos posted to social media, are expected to continue long into the night as France relishes a tournament for which they are now clear favourites.

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