Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

"I am playing at the World Cup".

Skipper Kompany kept team-mate Gabriel Jesus and Neymar quiet and will lead his country tonight where they face the twin threat of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

"A few hours after the game with Brazil, the focus was already on the game against France".

Eight of its 11 goals so far have come via free kicks, corners or penalties, which is four more than any other team and the most since Portugal also scored eight set-piece goals at the World Cup in 1966.

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote.

Dunphy does have concerns about the 4-3-3 formation Belgium manager Roberton Martinez employed in the surprise victory over the South Americans.

It's been the comedic undertone to a World Cup run bathed in belief by England fans around the world, but 2018 could indeed be the year football comes home.

In terms of pedigree, France have what it takes to go all the way, while Belgium have the skills, both have beaten some of the best en route and, statistically, the Red Devils hold the upper hand.

For Russians, the sadness was mixed with pride on Saturday evening after their team - the lowest ranked in the tournament - was halted in its tracks to World Cup glory by Croatia in a dramatic quarter-final match.

Zlatko Dalic's side boast some of the best midfielders in the world, according to Gareth Southgate, who will be studying their movement and positioning very carefully.

If they get beyond Les Bleus, Belgium will be able to take more risks against Croatia or England, two sides they'd be favoured to beat back here in Moscow come Sunday. The longer the game goes on, there's no way England can't win.

How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

"Harry is just a goal machine".

"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear.

  • Julie Sanders