France head coach Didier Deschamps, left, celebrates with Raphael Varane at the end of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you do have those games and thankfully the team played so well. We gave everything we have got.
He is not a figure popular with Tottenham fans given his connection in London and a selection of them made a decision to give him stick on Twitter after his latest performance in a France kit.
However, those fears have not materialized as the World Cup has been free of the mass violence and racism predicted by many in the United Kingdom press. I wouldn't say it was a great game of football.
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Alli, 22, scored that February night in 2015 past Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal.
Back then, Robson's men came up short after an epic, heroic shoot-out defeat to West Germany, a loss which lacked the seeming inevitability of all subsequent penalty heartbreak, a hoodoo Southgate's squad broke with last week's cathartic victory over Colombia. I'm proud of my players.
"This is in stark contrast to the [England] fans out in Russian Federation, whose behaviour, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great". Every day I have been working to improve so I feel like it should be like this so I hope I can go further.
"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."
18 of the 20 World Cups of all-time have gone to nations that aren't these four - have we ever seen such an open contest?