Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Marcus Newton
July 11, 2018

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen is expecting Kylian Mbappe to be the main threat for France in their World Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday.

The last of the 12 boys and their coach were freed earlier in the day from a cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.

"Whether we win or lose, we're creating history", he said.

As the tournament reaches its final three games, fans are not only starting to wonder about who will bring home the World Cup trophy, but who will take home the tournament's five other awards.

England are through to the World Cup semi-finals - incredible.

Pubs and bars across the town centre will be showing the match and it is likely Friar Street and Station Road will be closed to traffic again, with buses diverted and picking up from alternative stops.

France have not won the tournament since 1998 when they triumphed on home soil, with Mbappe tipped as a possible Golden Ball victor due to his fine performances.

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"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".

Here's how you can watch the match and more. England gained a thumping two-goal victory which puts them in a good position to make it all the way to the final.

Southgate's youthful side have become one of the stories of the tournament, reaching the semi-finals with a fresh and stylish philosophy that bodes well for the future.

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks.

The Hastings man said: "Eleven hours on the computer and I finally bagged myself the golden ticket".

"They are proud to wear the shirt".

And no matter what happens on Wednesday, Southgate insists their World Cup run is merely the beginning of what he believes will be a fruitful legacy. "In national setups such time is unavailable, but we have some similarities as we also play with the ball and try to attack".

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