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Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'

13 July 2018

Saturday's match is sure to feel like an unnecessary exertion to some, but it offers the chance to secure England's second-best World Cup finish as Sir Bobby Robson's semi-finalists lost their third-place play-off in 1990.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after he fell on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The highest-placed team beaten by Gareth Southgate's side in the tournament are Tunisia, who are number 14 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

Federation Internationale de Football Association began ranking global sides based on their performances in 1993 and has modified its system several times since.

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The terrifying ordeal that the trapped young Thai footballers went through before their dramatic rescue has put the World Cup in perspective for a couple of the sport's stars.

The wall jumped but Trippier's shot had enough height and pace to careen into the Croatian net and England were in ecstasy.

Jose Mourinho said: "France scored [against Belgium] and then they tried to control the game, which they did, with a fantastic performance by Raphael Varane and a very good performance by Pogba".

The 12 boys on the "Wild Boars" team and their coach were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, and were all successfully rescued on Tuesday.

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"Maybe the dear Lord is giving us an opportunity to settle a score", he said.

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in Sochi on July 8 to book a spot in the World Cup semi-finals, while England outclassed Sweden 2-0 the day before Croatia's victory. "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too". He can talk to players and give advice because people really listen to him " said Umtiti. "Who would have thought it, at the start of the tournament when everyone was writing us off?" They are solid. "I don't think that tiredness will play a part as you overcome it when you play in a final". It's on the shirt, but I did not win it.

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

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Gareth Southgate: England will play Belgium with 'huge pride'