England fans confident it's coming home ahead of World Cup semi-final

From Harry’s head to John’s toes the unique roles of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup back three explained

If you follow football (or "soccer" as it's known in North America) then you'll no doubt be tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is now taking place in Russian Federation.

The attacking verve of the Belgium team in this World Cup has surprised many with pundits drawing a similarity between the side and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, which won the 2017-18 English Premier League on a canter.

"I don't have the words".

The managers at two bars in Moscow that have been showing World Cup games said their venues had been packed to the rafters whenever Russian Federation was playing, but that they did not expect the high demand to continue.

"Even in my wildest dreams I didn't imagine this", he explained in his post-match press conference.

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

Jaded Croatia look to master Modric to carry them through against England
They have a good squad depth and know what they need to do in order to win a game. Losing teams in the semi-final matches play each other for third place.

Martinez admitted Saturday's third-fourth place play-off game is not one for which it will be easy to prepare, but challenged his players to see it as another opportunity.

"In the changing room, Didier Deschamps was happy. We are going to celebrate with our families and then we will do everything to ensure there is no repeat of two years ago", he said. "Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".

"Playing in Sunday's final match had been the dreams and hopes of all of us, because we came here to go all the way and play in the final match".

"They've raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we're grateful to everyone involved. I feel very proud for my group". We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass. He's broken out over the last 12 months, especially at the World Cup.

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.

He said: "This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us".

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