England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

England, Belgium to play for 3rd place at World Cup

We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

"We were motivated and what I told these players before the game was "there's no pressure, no nerves, don't lose your head - you've reached the semi-final, be proud and enjoy your football". But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life".

Of course, the statistics don't give a true reflection of the challenges involved in a World Cup run, which can be affected by player availability, refereeing decisions, weather, and of course luck. Until then, I would've bet anything on England going to the final, but suddenly Croatia equalised and completely took over.

"It's not a game any team wants to play", said England manager Gareth Southgate after his team lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra time in Wednesday's second semi-final.

They will meet a French team which eased past Belgium 1-0 in their semi-finals, and which boasts a population difference of around 62 million people more than Croatia.

Les Bleus have advanced to the final of the tournament in Russian Federation with victories over Australia, Peru, Argentina, Belgium, Uruguay as well as a draw with Denmark.

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"It's fantastic, we're so excited", said Christopher Tomas, owner of the Croatian Corner deli, of Croatia's win.

"We've created good chances in pretty much every that game we've played, and the strength in set-plays was something that we put a focus on because we knew the importance of it, so for me that's been a positive rather than a negative".

In the final match of the group stage of the tournament, Belgium and England had both already secured their advancement to the knockout bracket, with only their rankings left to be determined. We are not thinking about being favourites. While most sports fans just see it as France versus Croatia, the footwear industry also sees the championship game on Sunday through another lens: Nike versus Nike.

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time. I just hope they can do it tonight". "Even their defenders are outstanding players".

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