Putin congratulates Macron on France's victory in World Cup semi

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France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions. Both teams have fought their way valiantly to this point, even getting through penalty shootouts to advance.

He tried it again in France's first game at the World Cup against Australia, but his long-range shot went skyward.

France flew out to St Petersburg for their last-four clash with Belgium... The victor will challenge France in Sunday's final. "England will believe they can win, but so will Croatia", Platt was not ready to mark a clear favourite.

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England defender Kyle Walker has described former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Harry Kane as a "goal machine".

Croatia went undefeated winning Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russian Federation in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks.

While it's altogether possible that Ferdinand is made to eat his words because Croatia have several players who can hurt England, nothing is going to shake the faith of the Manchester United legend. While Belgium is one of the superior teams in the tournament, it has tuned out at times, which could be unsafe against a French side that can score at will.

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Croatia takes on England in the tournament's second semifinal match Wednesday at 2 pm ET.

"The way we've been received here has been fantastic", Southgate said at a pre-match press conference at Luzhniki Stadium. The bracket contains all teams within all eight groups and how they place into the round of 16 in the knockout stage.

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

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The Croatian is already up against it considering how he was taken apart by Kane at Wembley past year. Ronaldo played last Monday but did not score. "Despite his (volatile) temperament, every team would benefit from the ability of a Gascoigne", Platt said, looking ahead to England's biggest game in recent times.

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