Jose Mourinho delivers Paul Pogba verdict as France reach World Cup final

Doug Mendoza
July 11, 2018

Following France's win against Belgium, Croatia and England will square off against each other on Wednesday to determine which team will face France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

France might be the favorite to win the World Cup at this point.

And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup.

The Chelsea striker has 31 goals in his 80 career caps, good for joint-fourth place on France's all-time list.

The men's World Cup soccer tournament is down to the final two games.

"We´re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it´s the next step on the journey", Southgate said. After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

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He has been handed the number 11 shirt for the 2018/19 campaign and will join up with the squad in early August. The Belgian has just one year left on his contract and is expected to push for an exit after the World Cup.

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Catalan giants, Barcelona are preparing a move for Eden Hazard with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich open to selling the Belgian. Hazard has been nearly begging the Bernabeu club to snatch him up this summer after a disappointing year at the Blues.

Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, who is the tournament´s leading scorer with six goals so far.

Martinez shot down suggestions Belgium might have played their best game in beating Brazil in the last eight and would find it hard to lift their game again for the challenge of France. Right back Sime Vrsaljko limped off during extra time but Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has described the injury as a "niggle".

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates". Stuff you already knew.

"Whatever the name on the Arc de Triomphe, we just want this World Cup".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised midfielder Paul Pogba for playing with "great maturity" during France's 1-0 win over Belgium.

"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most attractive page".

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