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Top 5 players to look out for in the semis

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22 Top 5 players to look out for in the semis
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 11:03

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday. "He wants you to try things, he wants you to express yourself and as a player that's what I've always been [about]", Alli said.

True to his word, after England beat Sweden on Saturday (July 7) to book a semi-final spot, Stewart started looking at getting hold of a golden ticket to the game.

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That surprisingly angry exchange was the only bitter moment in an otherwise routine news conference, where manager Zlatko Dalic admitted playing two games that went to penalties had taken a toll but said Croatia would be ready.

After far exceeding expectations in the early stage of the competition, Russian Federation was knocked out by Croatia on Saturday in the quarterfinals, leading many in the host nation to stop following the tournament.

"For me Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the French selection".

Russia's team coach Stanislav Cherchesov told a television chat show on Monday that he would also no longer be following the tournament, but would support Belgium, as he was friendly with the team's coach.

Belgium took early control of the midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counterattacks from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done.

Incredible scenes have filled the town centre after the team progressed through the competition reaching the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

"This is just one more step, albeit a very important one".

"I'm not going to be too humble, either", he said.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see".

"I've seen the images of Paris".

"It brings back excellent memories, but that was in the final, this is the semifinal".

Southgate was speaking ahead of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday - the Three Lions' first appearance at this stage of the tournament in 28 years.

He affects play in many other ways, not least with his movement, running the channels tirelessly, and his defensive input.