Belgium and England reluctantly meet again

14 July, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Virgil Todd
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The World Cup in Russian Federation will definitely not be going "home" to England this 2018 as the finals take place on Sunday, July 15 between France and Croatia, but the Three Lions have offered us an anthem, a hashtag and the most memorable memes with the revival of the line, "It's Coming Home".

Manager Gareth Southgate said England "left everything out there" after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

They have exceeded all expectations, coming agonisingly close to reaching a World Cup final for the first time since 1966. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done. "We've all grown up watching England and to represent your country at a semi-final of a World Cup, there's no better feeling".

"We've always had targets and we've achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way". For all of the players and all of the staff, we got back to St Petersburg at 6.30am after the game, so emotionally it has been a very hard few days.

"We got back to St Petersburg at 6.30am on the day after the game, so it has been an emotion fuelled few days". They are a pleasure to work with.

FIFA's Head of Sustainability and Diversity, Federico Addiechi, told TASS News Agency that "in this case, where a single banner was held by a single supporter, a warning was issued instead of a fine, because officials from the Croatian Football Federation informed us ourselves, after identifying it". We are up against players of a high quality and with lots of experience.

By now we should all be well aware that Luka Modric is not human, but his running stats from the World Cup only further highlight what a special player he is.

Martinez switched nine players and Southgate brought in eight, a decision he described as a "no brainer" in the circumstances.

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"We have to decide who can go again physically".

Southgate reported that everyone had trained on Friday, but that some of those who had featured in the semi-final may not have recovered sufficiently to face the Belgians.

"But we've learned from all of the things over the last couple of years and that's a cruel lesson, but, blimey, we've come through so many important ones and I'm really, really very proud of what they've done". "We wanted to make the final and make our fans happy", added Dalic, as his side now prepare to take on France on Sunday.

"We'll finish as one of the top four teams in the world but we're not ranked there".

"We've set a level of working and performing that we want to maintain and take pride in".

The Three Lions manager has led with passion, pride and personality throughout England's revelatory run to the final four but admits it has been hard to bounce back from Wednesday's extra-time defeat in Moscow. "How can he help the team to progress?"

Croatian fans had displayed the banner of The Ustasha-Croatian Revolutionary Movement during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium. It could have been so much more for this side however as the World Cup victor, either France or Croatia, will bag $38m for their success, whilst the runner-up will scoop a handy $28m.

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