Football fan rushes off to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

Alli heads in England's second. Image PA Images

Alli heads in England's second. Image PA Images

"The task of getting the players to get over today's loss, I will admit, is going to be hard to deal with, but I think we have something important too before us".

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane have formed a solid partnership in central defence; Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante have been strong in midfield; and Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud offer a pacy and well-balanced attack. If France hopes to win, it will need the teenage star to step up to the massive challenge ahead of him.

Neither Belgium nor Croatia has ever won the tournament. Then it swatted away Brazil easily.

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England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

The teams have met 73 times before with Belgium winning on 30 occasions, France 24, and 19 matches drawn.

Croatia in a semifinal? Les Bleus topped Group C without really convincing, but knockout-stage wins over Argentina and Uruguay have enhanced their credentials as serious contenders. Who had that one?

Russia's team coach Stanislav Cherchesov told a television chat show on Monday that he would also no longer be following the tournament, but would support Belgium, as he was friendly with the team's coach. The story is different now, you can't make comparisons.

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"He is playing the best football of his life". Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic (295 global appearances between them) are all on the wrong side of 30 and could very well call full-time on their worldwide careers after the weekend concludes.

Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels in darkness.

England's hope seems to rest on the play of their young striker Kane. That penalty save against Colombia was huge, a brilliant save.

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Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

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