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July 11, 2018

Their current position puts them behind Colombia (16th) who England beat in the round-of-16.

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", Mbappe said.

England will face Croatia on Wednesday in their first World Cup semi-final match since 1990.

His superbly drilled defence, led by Raphael Varane, neutralised Belgium's much-hyped attack to record a fourth shutout in six games so far.

A football fanatic spent more than £1,000 on a last-minute trip to Russian Federation to watch England in the World Cup semi-final this week. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders. I am sure that they will show this same attitude against Croatia.

The teams aren't facing any major injury issues, but they are certainly dealing with tons of pressure.

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We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have. Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament.

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Supporters who had stayed at home for the early stages of the tournament have flocked to get a piece of the action as Gareth Southgate's men chase a first World Cup final in 52 years. "We need to go out on a real high, these players deserve that".

Some people are even pre-empting an England World Cup winning, calling for a bank holiday on Monday if the trophy is lifted.

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.

But De Bruyne's best moments came when he combined with Eden Hazard on the opposite side of the pitch to the one he was stationed on, and Belgium missed his ability to pick a pass, with striker Romelu Lukaku mostly deprived of service. Losing teams in the semi-final matches play each other for third place.

With Brazil out of the picture, France is the most popular team to win the tournament among the betting public with more than $95,000 staked on Les Bleus to repeat their performance from 1998. Let us know your thoughts - and if you threw the remote at the TV during Alli's celebrations - by posting a comment below.

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