After both seeing off South American opposition in the last eight, Belgium and France meet for a place in the 2018 World Cup final in Saint-Petersburg. France will face off against Belgium in the first semi-final match Tuesday while England faces Croatia Wednesday.
We challenged Matt Le Tissier to provide a five-point plan for how England can beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final. Overall, nine of Belgium's 23 players at the tournament are of African heritage, but opted to represent the European nation. Two of these have never won one; let alone even made a World Cup final - will either of Belgium or Croatia make history? It's England's biggest game for 28 years and they are certainly not without hope this week. They memorably sparked into life in that incredible last 16 win over Argentina, but were back to being solid yet unspectacular against Uruguay. It's been a odd campaign for France, who looked subdued all through the group phase.
Their Semi Final opponents and neighbours France have Emmanuel Macron as president - a former Socialist Party minister who launched his own party, which he describes politically as "neither left nor right".
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Such efficiency has so far been missing from his game at the World Cup, with a moment of indecision spoiling a clear-cut chance in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden. Harry Kane has 6 goals for England and is looking a sure bet for the Golden Boot Award. "Croatia don't have the sort of attacking players who can really make something out of nothing, so Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be relied upon to engineer opportunities and we need to limit their time on the ball". Eight teams are seeded on each side of the bracket. Only the winners advance until the semi-finals.
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Federation Internationale de Football Association may as well give them the World Cup now, being honest.