France’s route to the World Cup final


"He has grown in the team, he's an expressive player and his performance only increases his importance to the side". "I don't want any of my players to be frustrated and disappointed".

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That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".

This is the third World Cup final for the French side, who won their only title in 1998.

Mbappe appeared unsafe throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia. We know they are capable of doing it - it just has not happened yet.

"They have broken away from previous England generations that used to say "you turn up and do your best".

Twelve years after one of soccer's most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semi-finals.

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

Here is how the players prepared for their semi-finals.

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France coach Didier Deschamps' first-choice right back, Djibril Sidibe, injured his right knee in April, making way for Pavard.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said.

There was no doubt that the Belgian players thought the best team lost on the night.

"We are going to celebrate with our families and then we will do everything to ensure there is no repeat of two years ago", he said. They just need to forget that win, as good as it was, and try to start again.

England has not been as far as the semi-finals since they last hosted the tournament in 1966.