Some Tottenham fans unimpressed with Giroud's performance for France

Some Tottenham fans unimpressed with Giroud's performance for France

Some Tottenham fans unimpressed with Giroud's performance for France

As excitement builds in England in the run-up to the country's first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, midfielder Dele Alli insists Gareth Southgate's team are keeping a cool head in their tournament "bubble".

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"We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do". We gave everything we have got.

France's Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday appears to rub it in for the Belgian team when he said, "I'm in the final'". "We're very happy at this moment, but not overly so". He also compensated for the times when right back Benjamin Pavard was caught out of position, particularly by Hazard, when Belgium dominated the opening 20 minutes. "It was an important step and we hope to be celebrating on Sunday - it is fantastic".

During his time at the school, he emerged as a star in the MK Dons academy and eventually earned a big-money move to Tottenham after impressing in League One. "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us". The keeper made some excellent saves which considering the fact he hadn't really been involved much means his concentration powers were ever so good.

Martinez shot down suggestions Belgium might have played their best game in beating Brazil in the last eight and would find it hard to lift their game again for the challenge of France.

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.

It was a two-year process for Roberto Martinez to harness the individual talents of Belgium's golden generation and bring them to the brink of the World Cup final, he said on Monday.

All we can say is that for two of these four sides that answer will come sooner rather than later, as today (*producer jump zoom*): one of these nations is going home.

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