Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys


France star Paul Pogba has dedicated his team's World Cup semi-final win over Belgium to the group of 12 Thai youngsters who were rescued from a cave after being trapped for more than two weeks.

However, the game was mostly dominated by Belgium with 63 per cent of possession but Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante impressed in midfield for Didier Deschamps's side.

'When (France boss) Deschamps took off (Olivier) Giroud to bring on (Steven) Nzonzi then Pogba had more freedom but freedom not to do silly things. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

Bitter defeat for Belgium in the World Cup semi-final is tempered by the fact that influential squad members will likely still be around in two years' time for the European Championship where they will have another realistic chance at a major title. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

Pogba and France overcame Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg to book their date in the final in Moscow on July 15. They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.

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"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

O2 Academy has proved to be a popular haunt for England fans during the World Cup, providing an atmospheric arena to soak up an evening of football on the big screen.

A couple of others will also be hoping for the two favourites to advance after picking England and France to meet in the final a week ago, with a bet of $2,100 to return $21,000 and another of $1,000 stake to return $10,000.

"I'm very proud of their mentality as well because I know it's not just that you are playing at a high level that you are going to score goals but with our state of mind we can climb mountains and that's what we've done so far".