Pogba praise after he helps France reach World Cup final

"Maybe in the other two - the (last) World Cup and the European Championship, some players did not have the belief yet of winning it".

While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.

France have not won the tournament since 1998 when they triumphed on home soil, with Mbappe tipped as a possible Golden Ball victor due to his fine performances.

Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art.

The team has yet to make a mark on a major tournament, but beating Brazil to reach the semi-finals will have instilled belief they can win the biggest prize of all.

Croatia has never reached the final, while England triumphed at the World Cup once in 1966. "France looked a class apart from Belgium". "We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".

For sports science student Laura De Lange, 20, it was a story of failing to take chances from superior possession: "We really believed, after Brazil we thought we'd beat the French and get to the final and we're really disappointed", she said.

Where is 2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia vs England Semi-final being held? First win on penalties in the World Cup.

Reading Buses has joined the party by decorating one of its buses with a huge St George's Cross and the hashtag #Itscominghome ahead of the Croatia game.

England face Croatia on Wednesday and with a place in the final at stake, goalscorer Dele Alli has called on his teammates to carry their form and confidence into the game.

"It's his quality that he's been showing for many years".

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.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final.

Lloris admitted that, the Belgium team is the best busting with talent and they have to be at their very best to cause an upset.

  • Julie Sanders