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The attacking verve of the Belgium team in this World Cup has surprised many with pundits drawing a similarity between the side and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, which won the 2017-18 English Premier League on a canter.

"The welcome of the Russian people has been top", Southgate said.

The former Football Association press officer said: "We're in with a great chance".

Or squandered possession. Alli picked himself up and went on to score England's second in a relatively comfortable 2-0 win that set up tonight's semi-final against Croatia.

England's World Cup-winning hero Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-rick in the 1966 final, says England can win the tournament. Belgium finally showed on the pitch why so many rate them so highly and have tipped them to do well in this tournament.

Iran failed to progress from their group at the 2018 World Cup after one win against Morocco, a draw with Portugal and defeat to Spain.

Recently, Belgium captain Eden Hazard praised him as one of the world's best strikers.

"We're disappointed, we wanted to get into the final, we need to put this behind us and look forward to the next game". That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final. "I have responsibility for the team".

Not in a long time has there been so much support for an England team at a major tournament and clearly the players are thriving from that.

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

Fans celebrated the victory all over France, with fireworks and flares lighting up the sky above Paris and Marseille.

The boys, between ages 11 and 16, and their 26-year-old coach were rescued in stages over the last several days, with the final four boys and the coach brought out on Tuesday.

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

The Three Lions face Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday (19:00 BST) in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years. "We have to savor it".

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