Paul Pogba defiant after starring role for France

Paul Pogba defiant after starring role for France

England fans are already riled up this World Cup, and the goal got them even more pumped.

He has since rediscovered some of his best form in Ligue 1 and made his return to the Italy national team for the first time since 2014, scoring in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in May.

Croatia will use their defeat in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals to France as motivation in Sunday's World Cup final, says Ivan Perisic.

"Against Portugal we thought we had won it before the start of the game".

In the match, France relied on their excellent set of defenders, as Samuel Umtiti and company managed to hold the high-flying offense of Belgium scoreless.

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"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

But Pogba has been a key part of France's team at the World Cup and impressed alongside N'Golo Kante throughout the tournament in Russian Federation. They came back from a goal down against England.

Southgate and his players are sure to be greeted as heroes when they return from Russian Federation, but underlying frustration will linger after missing their shot at glory. We have three days to prepare ourselves.

"I was 18 years old in 1998, it was one of the most lovely nights of my life".

"It was a very hard game, we all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic. He is used to it though in this World Cup after playing against Lionel Messi in the last 16, Luis Suarez in the quarterfinal and - although he didn't actually take to the field - Thomas Vermaelen in the semifinal. "Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them", said Mexico City-based Cortez. He plays so well with Modric in midfield.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.

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