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Romelu Lukaku of Belgium

Romelu Lukaku of Belgium

It's been 20 years since France have won it all in the World Cup, and they are on the verge of ending that long drought this year following their 1-0 win on Tuesday over fellow European powerhouse Belgium in the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"As is the case with any big tournament, we need to look at the younger generation and try to become stronger from tournament to tournament".

"I think it's too early to make any sort of assessment on the tournament", said Martinez, who extended his contract through to 2020 shortly before the World Cup.

But World Cups are special events, with a possible seven games in a month compressing development in a short space of time, and Pogba has grown as France has progressed. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

"We´re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it´s the next step on the journey", Southgate said.

"It's an unbelievable feeling but we already lost the final two years ago and that's why we feel [the need] to keep our feet on the floor", Lloris said. "It was about winning the tournament", the Spaniard told journalists after Tuesday's match. The Belgians, who had knocked Brazil out in the quarter-finals, were left to reflect on what might have been after all the collective talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and company failed to find another stellar performance.

Samuel Umtiti headed in from a corner for the only goal of the game to knock Belgium out, and Martinez said that while he was pleased his team negated France's threat on the counter-attack, his players did not show their usual finesse in front of goal.

"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".

The first was Brazilian Mario Zagallo, who won the World Cup with his national side in both 1958 and 1962 insides that featured legendary player Pele as a young player. "You have to accept it and congratulate France and wish them luck in the final".

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France will face England or Croatia in the World Cup final after edging past European neighbour Belgium in the semi-final in St. Petersburg.

Kompany said the team's performance in Russian Federation - the Belgians were the tournament's top scorers going into Tuesday's semifinal - should give the domestic game a shot of self-confidence.

And it came from the unlikeliest of sources - Paris Saint-Germain defender with Congolese roots Presnel Kimpembe.

The English team Manchester United also offered the infants, their instructor and the rescuers involved in the impressive rescue operation the opportunity to watch the team play next season at their Old Trafford stadium.

Luckily, the French players escaped with no more than just having to catch their breath after the extended celebrations.

His ability to dictate play was never in doubt but he's excelled in a France side that have been known to be more pragmatic than in recent history.

Deschamps himself was mobbed by members of his coaching team.

France go into Sunday's final against Croatia in Moscow aiming to make amends for the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final on home soil to Portugal.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin called Macron to congratulate him on France's victory.

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