Deschamps says France proved mettle; ready for Brazil or Belgium

An early goal could be key for England given that Sweden would then be forced to push up the pitch and take more risks, but it is imperative that Gareth Southgate's side remain patient if they are unable to make the breakthrough in the first half.

On Saturday, the third and four World Cup quarter-finals take place in Russian Federation, as the competition reaches the latter stages.

Sweden are in a very favorable side of the bracket, with England and the victor of Croatia and Russian Federation the only teams standing in the way of a trip to the final in Moscow. Marcus put in an excellent performance (against Switzerland)'.

On July 6, we have a couple of matches.

Berg looked to have emerged from the long shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he notched eight goals in World Cup qualifying, but he now has gone four World Cup matches without getting another.

Mbappe scored six goals in his first 19 global games and Henry seven: three at the 1998 World Cup and two when France won the European Championship in 2000. "They can all hold their heads high", he said. 'They play more offensively now than they did before, with skilful players like [Raheem] Sterling. In 61 global appearances, Berg has scored 18 goals.

Sweden and England will meet at the Cosmos Arena in Samara before hosts Russian Federation and Croatia play each other at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.


England fans have bought 34,235 tickets so far for this World Cup, putting them in the top 10 for tickets purchased. World champions Germany were overwhelming favourites to finish in first place of their segment, while Mexico were widely backed to take second spot.

He added that many negative preconceived notions about Russian Federation "simply collapsed" during the tournament. He raised his scoring rate at Dutch club FC Groningen, with 32 goals in 56 appearances, earning him a transfer to the Bundesliga.

- Why has World Cup been full of surprises? At the end they managed to pull off a neat comeback to win it 3-2. Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker and Ashley Young are all nursing injuries or knocks following the penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia, and their boss is aware that players may attempt to mislead him about their fitness ahead of such a big game.

That chance and the others Berg has had in Russian Federation show that he is putting himself in position to score.

"Football is very different now and this is not the England I grew up with, but they still have that fighting spirit", added Andersson. "Once a scorer, always a scorer".

Belgium will face France in the semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

Mark Geiger found himself in the middle of a World Cup controversy yet again, when he was accused by a Moroccan player Nordin Amrabat of asking Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt as a souvenir.


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