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Sir Bobby Robson ‘would have been thrilled with England’s World Cup run’

Ivan Rakitic celebrates after his penalty beat Russia and set up a semi-final against England Ivan Rakitic celebrates after his penalty beat Russia and set up a semi-final against England More
Shannon Reynolds | 11 July, 2018, 02:01

After the group stages of the competition, the former England global laid out how he felt the knockout stages would play out in Russian Federation and he surprisingly got everything correct, including the semi-final match-ups.

England must do all they can to disrupt their flow and make life uncomfortable. "But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".

France, looking for their second World Cup triumph following their victory at home in 1998, will play a unsafe Belgium side in Tuesday's first semi-final. By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France, who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

The World Cup final will take place in Moscow on Sunday afternoon, local time.

They won the 1998 tournament against Brazil but lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy.

Whether you remember watching the match or not, you have the chance to experience that dramatic night in Turin by following our World Cup Rewind at 12:00 BST on Monday.

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BMC takes team time trial, Froome back in contention
BMC's Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet will take possession of the yellow jersey from world champion Peter Sagan . Jul 09 2018 05:39 pm CET BMC Racing Team has won the third stage's team time trial at the Tour de France .

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The doubts regarding the extent of French progress in the World Cup was never about the personnel. I don't expect either side to sit back and play negative.

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The 32-year-old also became the first South African man into the last eight at the All England Club since Wayne Ferreira in 1994. The match between No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon was suspended due to darkness and will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Southgate has engendered a more open, relaxed environment at national team level, with the players carrying less emotional baggage and playing with more freedom.

You may well have switched on your TV set at the weekend expecting an exciting game of footy between England and Sweden - which indeed it was.

The knockout stage of the World Cup is the single-elimination portion of the tournament with the 16 teams who advanced from the Group stage. "He wants you to try things, he wants you to express yourself and as a player that's what I've always been (about)", Alli said. "We don't fear England".

Several hundred fans from Slavonski Brod watched the shootout on big screens in the grounds of Brod Fortress on a bar tab provided by hometown hero - and the team's star striker - Mario Mandzukic.

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.

The two teams will play each other at the St. Petersburg Stadium, with the kick-off due at 4:00am AEST on Wednesday morning.

"We know what we need to succeed".

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