France's lost Euro 2016 final a driving force for coach Deschamps

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Croatia's first World Cup semi-final for two decades has revived the memories of the country's football highpoint and raised hopes that Luka Modric's side can go one better than their legendary predecessors.

In addition to touching on England's preparations for the nation's biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.

"We want Gareth and the players to know that the city of Leeds is right behind them when they take on Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday".

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said.

Didier Deschamps was full of praise for Paul Pogba after the midfielder played a starring role in France's World Cup semi-final win over Belgium.

"We're disappointed, we wanted to get into the final, we need to put this behind us and look forward to the next game". We don't realise the support we're receiving like we did at the European Championships. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

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Lady Elsie, who has been greatly enjoying watching the World Cup herself, is well known for fronting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity dedicated to finding more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

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

"We will win and face Belgium in the final".

Marks & Spencer, which has been the official suit supplier to the England team since 2007, said demand for waistcoats has risen 35% thanks to what they say is "the Gareth Southgate effect".

"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998". "We want to get close to them, although it is hard to repeat this endeavour, but we will try", the 51-year-old told reporters.

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