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Frank Skinner plants a kiss on David Baddiel as England slam through to World Cup semis

Frank Skinner plants a kiss on David Baddiel as England slam through to World Cup semis

In doing so, France handed Belgium their first loss of the tournament, and denied the Belgians their first ever trip to the World Cup final. We wanted to play good football, work hard, play with passion - and we have done that.

Belgium disappeared from the forefront of the worldwide scene for years before emerging once more with their current gifted crop.

Who will Belgium play in the Semi-final? It's been a unusual campaign for France, who looked subdued all through the group phase.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes. They memorably sparked into life in that incredible last 16 win over Argentina, but were back to being solid yet unspectacular against Uruguay. At the last Euros, we defeated Spain.

"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998". At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.

France will face off against Belgium in the first semi-final match Tuesday while England faces Croatia Wednesday.

Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their global careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

8 boys freed from Thai cave; rescuers working to save 5 others
Sunday's mission took nine hours and plenty of energy, with each child being accompanied by two divers along the way. "Good night. The second phase of a rescue operation has ended for the day, with more than half of the Thai soccer team rescued from the cave.

"So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players". England in the semifinal having won a knockout round game on penalties?

Belgium's tactical flexibility could be their secret weapon in going all the way to lift the World Cup, Martinez has now masterminded the win over Brazil and the Spanish coach will now be relishing the tactical test against France.

Henry's old worldwide colleague Didier Deschamps has not won over everybody in his time as France coach, as he continues to favour a cautious approach despite being able to call on some of the finest attacking talents in world football.

"They can't get rid of them fast enough".

"He [Kane] is top scorer - he's not easy to stop".

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. When you beat Brazil you don't fear anyone". France welcome back midfielder Blaise Matuidi after suspension.

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