Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Kevin de Bruyne says Martinez has instilled much-need belief in Belgium's players

England play Croatia on Wednesday, July 11 with kick off at 7pm.

England takes on Croatia on Wednesday in the second World Cup semifinal, with the victor advancing to Sunday's big game against France.

It won't just be football fans in Paris and London hoping for France and England wins this week, with a number of Kiwi punters eagerly awaiting the outcome of the semi-finals. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

Then in the latter stages of the match, the 25-year-old was allowed to go forward more as France sat deep and defended their lead.

"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling and a privilege for us", Southgate said on Tuesday.

He said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team had a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the global stage.

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"This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they're going to have more and more big-match experiences".

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Who wins England-Croatia? And where does all the value lie? Both teams have fought their way valiantly to this point, even getting through penalty shootouts to advance.

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

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Roberto Martinez has plenty of attacking options with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all expected to start, and they will cause the French defence problems. "For me the World Cup comes second", the Portuguese coach said.

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