England midfielder Dele Alli believes he 'can play better' against Croatia

11 July, 2018, 11:48 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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'Would the cabinet member also support me in working with venues such as action stations, community centres, and Portsmouth Football Club who have indicated they will screen the game in the Victory Lounge?' The French were powered by a determined and organised performance.

France have not won the tournament since 1998 when they triumphed on home soil, with Mbappe tipped as a possible Golden Ball victor due to his fine performances.

Most of their star forwards were marked out of the game while goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made some fine stops when called upon.

Dembele was a surprise selection in place of wide man Yannick Carrasco, with Martinez opting to start playmaker Kevin De Bruyne on the right side of attack instead of the middle of the park.

Samuel Umtiti's second-half header was enough for France as they overcame Belgium 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to reach world football's showpiece event for the third time. "We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup". Modric and Rakitic have been brilliant all tournament and have created all kinds of havoc for teams in the middle of the field; look for them to do more of the same in this game.

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The Fire has a home game against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, but Fire midfielder Mo Adams will keep in mind the World Cup match.

Mbappe sat out training at Krestovsky Stadium on Monday but France boss Didier Deschamps said he expects his whole squad to be fit to face Belgium. "As a player it's always now or never especially in a big Cup competition because it only comes a few times in a player's life", he said.

"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."

"We know there are going to be hard moments and we'll have to be ready to suffer".

"At the World Cup we have teams who profit from players of other countries, with the justification that these players have the nationality of their team".



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