England's Kieran Trippier says hard work paid off in World Cup win
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 04, 2018,
Jul 04, 2018, 23:38
Hosts Russia remain on the other side of the draw as one of the surprise packages of 2018 and have delivered on the pitch with as much vigour as the nation has off it.
The top half contains more heavyweights, with 1998 champions France taking on two-time winners Uruguay and Brazil set to face Belgium.
Penalty hero Marcus Rashford trained with England's back-ups the day after helping Gareth Southgate's men to a memorable World Cup shootout win against Colombia. Diego Maradona was not acting, Lionel Messi is not acting.
"It's the headline we have waited a lifetime to write".
U.S. radio host Roger Bennett surmises on what Southgate was feeling when he saw his England team win.
Overall, Russia, now overseeing a deadly bombing campaign in south-west Syria that has killed more than 200 civilians, has been delighted with the World Cup, the friendliness of the crowds and the patriotism unleashed by the success of the Russian team, which has also reached the quarter-finals.
Matthaus was equally critical of Colombia's players during their agonising penalty defeat to England in their round of 16 clash.
Zlatan got all four goals that night the last time the two teams met, but Sweden didn't feel the need to call on his services in Russian Federation. We let them have the ball in the places we want them to have the ball.
Preston Police said they were deployed to the scene but made no arrests. "Like I say, it is coming home".
France: After cruising through the group stage in underwhelming fashion, France kicked through the gears thanks to Kylian Mbappe's blistering pace to blow Argentina away in a 4-3 World Cup classic in the last 16. Here is RT Sport's Team of the Tournament so far. "This young generation, they are believing in themselves".
This World Cup is now without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo; the two players who have dominated world football for over a decade now.
Martinez must now find the right balance to harness the best from Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku without leaving Belgium exposed. "It's something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country". They like to play out of the defence. Still though, by the time the World Cup reaches its conclusion it is likely that the left-sided defender slot will be taken by someone else.