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Jose Mourinho praises 'mature' Paul Pogba after France win

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Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 16:47

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho praises the performance of Paul Pogba after he helped France defeat Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals.

The 6ft 3in colossus is yet to open his goal-scoring account at the World Cup this summer, but manager Didier Deschamps likes him due to his hold-up play.

'When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on Nzonzi then Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things.

"We have four days to share this happiness with our families and we will come back tomorrow calmly and see who is going to face us". After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.

France progressed to the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after defender Samuel Umtiti's powerful header went past Thibaut Courtois in the 51st minute. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".

A couple of others will also be hoping for the two favourites to advance after picking England and France to meet in the final a week ago, with a bet of $2,100 to return $21,000 and another of $1,000 stake to return $10,000.

"We didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup", he said.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.

"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it´s a very special feeling and a privilege for us", Southgate said on Tuesday. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.