England train ahead of World Cup semi-final


England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time as Jordan Pickford's save from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier's cool spot-kick sealed a dramatic victory. France then beat Peru 1-0 to secure their place in the knockout stage of the competition, before an uneventful 0-0 draw against Denmark attracted boos from fans at the final whistle.

"To come all this way and see England do well, it is just awesome, " he said. This allowed teams like Croatia and England to make the most of the opportunity and they are deservedly facing off in the other semi-final.

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.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final.

"Southgate wants his players and his team to be themselves and to be together".

"They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything". Each of those winners will play in the World Cup Final on Sunday.

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England take on Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow in another match in which the shifting sands of tournament play now make it hard to pick a clear favourite.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final.

Picture of the day Man of the moment Harry Maguire, who scored his first global goal against Sweden, takes to the oche.

"The results were below the level and quality of our players".

A Sheffield United supporter by the name of Matt Benton pledged on Twitter to have the former Blades local hero Maguire inked on his torso if Maguire found the net against the Swedes.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".