These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

"It's been a while because in the last three years with this coach I haven't been playing left-back and neither at Tottenham, so I had to switch on a bit", he said. "Apart from goalkeeper I could tell you that he could not just play, he could perform at the highest level in any position".

"All players need to be mentioned but it's true that Pogba was nearly everywhere, not only in attack but he was also efficient in defence", Deschamps stated.

A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti secured a place in the final for Les Bleus but the performance of the Manchester United midfielder caught the eye in St Petersburg. "Against this French team you have to score the first goal and we didn't", he said ruefully.

France will play in a World Cup final. "Now he has played a lot for France, a lot in the Champions League".

England's unexpected journey in Russian Federation came to an end in the semi-finals as Mario Mandzukic sealed a 2-1 victory in extra-time to break English hearts in Moscow.

Fred is likely to join up with his new team-mates on their United States tour after Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup by Belgium.

"There is a spirit in the squad that can move mountains", he said.

In a Belgium team packed with so much talent that it's known as the Golden Generation, De Bruyne is one of the standouts along with striker Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. He didn't get as many appearances as people expected.

It might even end with an England-France final.

But World Cups are special events, with a possible seven games in a month compressing development in a short space of time, and Pogba has grown as France has progressed.

Deschamps led the class of 1998 to World Cup glory as captain and is now looking to repeat his heroics as a coach. In Britain, shoppers spent more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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