Pogba urges France to avenge Euros defeat


"I know that sometimes you are doing good, sometimes you are doing bad, but that's how you grow".

"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed". We'll see if it can get even better this afternoon. 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.

Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker, whose team faces Croatia in the second semi-final later on Thursday (NZ time), also reached out to the team. "And in my role I've got the eyes into Euro 2020 so it's not the right moment to make an assessment just yet".

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Seven members of Belgium's 23-man squad competing at the World Cup in Russia (Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele) are aged 30 years and above and may retire before the 2022 World Cup in France.

Paul Pogba hopes to add a star to his France shirt by winning the World Cup, two decades after their only triumph in 1998.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has played down the notion of a missed chance for the "golden generation" after their FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat to France.

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Mbappe's brilliant backheel, following a give-and-go involving Lucas Hernandez and Blaise Matuidi, was one of several plays that had Belgium's defense in a tizzy all night. The French are led by 19-year-old phenom Kylian Mbappé.

Deschamps himself was mobbed by members of his coaching team.

Authorities in Paris have made a decision to put up a giant screen for the World Cup final on Sunday so fans can watch Les Bleus take on the victor of the Croatia versus England semi-final.

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Giroud, 31, kept his starting spot for France in the semi-final clash and has started five of his nation's six matches in the tournament so far.