Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

The World Cup is set to get back underway this afternoon.

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England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

Compared to England, who sailed through a straightforward 2-0 victory over Sweden in their quarter-final, Croatia, much to their determent, are widely thought to be carrying significant fatigue ahead of the clash in two days' time.

If you follow football (or "soccer" as it's known in North America) then you'll no doubt be tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is now taking place in Russian Federation. That made it back-to-back shootouts for Croatia following its narrow win over Denmark in the round of 16.

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

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He said, "Moreover, the fact that we couldn't score the game's first goal was a problem to us, because of the way the France team was organised. There are few players both as young as Alli and as risky at the business end of the pitch that are also so switched on out of possession.

Russia's team coach Stanislav Cherchesov told a television chat show on Monday that he would also no longer be following the tournament, but would support Belgium, as he was friendly with the team's coach.

His positioning is crucial to Gareth Southgate's 3-1-4-2 formation when the opposition have the ball.

Alli is a player whose impact does not rely on goals, even though that is how most measure him.

He said: "I didn't feel nervous or anything like that. He can improve more and he will be risky for us".

Looking into the performances put in by some players especially in the latter stages of the tournament, a few talents can be singled out to look out for as the World Cup reaches its semi-final stage.

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