Tearful Russians exhale after World Cup loss

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. They have never reached a World Cup final, but finished third in the 1998 tournament.

France were similarly dominant against Argentina, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann looking strong upfront.

"I'm proud to make ex-players proud and I'm sure it's bringing back memories for them".

They kind of rotate around him, and the Chelsea striker offers the added bonus of being good at defending set-pieces.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

The Belgium-France game is a toss-up, but I'll go with the Red Devils to finally live up to their potential and dispatch Les Bleus.

"Those emotions just burst out of me".

Mario Mandzukic insists Croatia will give their all against England, because they can not then be blamed if they lose.

As one of my die hard football fan friends described, in the absence of the real top teams, the final this season will be merely a formality without much thrill or excitement.

Modric has been on the front line in painful past failures for the national team, missing a penalty in a shootout as Croatia lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

"England play a little different than previously, attacking-minded and attractive", he said.

After playing consecutive matches that stretched till shoot-outs, Croatia must recover quickly before facing England in the last-four stage.

"Where do I find strength?" Sometimes I think these things are written - and the way this tournament has opened up for England is one of the reasons it feels like this is their time. "We've shown all members of our team are unsafe, so I believe someone will find a way to surprise him".

And it is Belgium who have the better recent record against one of their oldest rivals.

Following a well watched England 2-0 win over Sweden, the second Quarter-final battle of Saturday was up 28% in the overnights over the comparable Costa Rica and Netherlands match of four years ago.

Kane and Dele Alli, two of five Tottenham players in the current squad, were part of England's doomed Euro 2016 campaign, but they can expect a far more welcoming reception regardless of how their Russian adventure ends.

'Everything happens for a reason and maybe it's time for us to show the world we can do better than them'.

  • Julie Sanders