England could play France after Les Bleus beat Belgium

England could play France after Les Bleus beat Belgium

French coach and former World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps singled out Chelsea's N'golo Cante as the player who can and will make life hard for the Red Devils, as he did for Argentina's talisman Lionel Messi in the round of 16.

Les Bleus left their heart out on the pitch to keep their goal unbeaten as most of their footballers played a specific defensive job in the game.

World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russian Federation two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium.

Deschamps' France may not enthral like the World Cup-winning side of 1998 he captained, but they will be hard to beat for England or Croatia come Moscow on Sunday. They could stick around for the next European Championship in two years, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be a bridge too far.

Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which Portugal won in Paris. "I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said. But the most important thing is that all the players are involved to help the team. So, bet365 accepts bets on the victory for France with a coefficient of 2.54, and the "red devils" and 3.1.

Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, has said that their semi-final clash with France was always going to be decided by a bit of luck.

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Martinez bemoaned the goal his team conceded from a corner.

Captain Eden Hazard dazzled in patches but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

"The attitude of the players was brilliant and we couldn't ask for anymore. There is more experience", said Varane. Captain Harry Kane is the man leading England's charge in Russian Federation with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990. To do that he'll need fast and accurate service, something he'll expect from De Bruyne, and the intelligence to demand the ball in areas where Kante is reluctant to go. "He has given so much to the France team and we have got a lot of respect for what he has done".

"I'm not a lucky charm", he said. "We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old.

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