Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

After 60 games we are down to just France, Belgium, England and Croatia remaining who can the win the 21st staging of the World Cup.

It was arguably France's most impressive display at the World Cup.

England have been handed a boost following the news that Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko will miss their World Cup semifinal through injury.

Just three members of the present squad were born when England reached the semi-finals in Italy - Kyle Walker, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young.

"So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players".

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

How they got there France made smooth work of beating Uruguay 2-0 in their quarter-final, with Raphael Varane and Antonie Griezmann the goalscorers.

"I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly", said Southgate.

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"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

Federation Internationale de Football Association awards the titles for the tournament's top scorer, best player, best goalkeeper, most disciplined team and best young footballer after the final. "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".

In Belgium, the likes of Jean-Marie Pfaff, Jan Ceulemans, Franky Vercauteren, Enzo Scifo and Eric Gerets bring back memories of the Red Devils' one and only last four appearance, in Mexico 1986.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.

"The results were below the level and quality of our players". England to win and Under 2.5 goals is a 3/1 chance and might be the way to bet.

"We respect every opponent but there is no fear from our side".

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game".

The first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place on Tuesday, with France and Belgium set to clash at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russian Federation.

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