Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

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In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time.

After an emotional appearance, Mark tells, Bobby asked: "How did Gascoigne play?"

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

"We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go", said Southgate. They won the World Cup they last hosted in 1998, beating Brazil 3-0. Some believe he'll end up being the best player in the world. Of the tournament's star players, Romelu Lukaku has performed as strongly as we expected him to.

Most of this team have been together for a decade, with key players such as Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic all making their debuts within a couple of years of each other in 2006 and 2007.

France play Belgium for a place in the final tonight.

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From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn, but as the half progressed, France began to create more chances. "You don't want to watch it back but we know how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger".

France couldn't win the final in 2006 despite Zinedine Zidane's brilliance, losing to Italy.

Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels in darkness. "We had to defend very deep sometimes", Deschamps said.

The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.

Mr Goulding, 27, from Clapham Junction, south London, said the plan was to get to the ticket office early and pick up any tickets being resold through official channels, and failing that they would play the touts at their own game. "I still look back on it as an incredible life experience and to be involved with it, I just needed a bit of time to get over it".

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