These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

Sterling endured vitriolic abuse after a series of tame performances at Euro 2016, and he was widely criticised again ahead of the World Cup for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.

Winning the World Cup for the first time in 52 years has now transformed from fantasy into a distinct possibility, and Southgate thinks the rise of social media would only amplify the reaction if his England were to upset the odds and make it all the way. Overall, nine of Belgium's 23 players at the tournament are of African heritage, but opted to represent the European nation. They have also shown versatility in defence, with their three-man backline anchored by the impressive John Stones, in front of their fearless, agile goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

France has made it to the semi-finals in half of their last six World Cup appearances. They were runners-up to Italy in the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany. They memorably sparked into life in that incredible last 16 win over Argentina, but were back to being solid yet unspectacular against Uruguay.

Both France and Belgium won their respective groups.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez sees his much-vaunted golden generation on the verge of greatness after showing resilience in coming from two goals down to beat Japan, and tactical awareness in putting Brazil to the sword.

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Gareth Southgate's men needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome Colombia in Moscow on July 3, before easing past Sweden in the quarter-finals. Harry Kane has 6 goals for England and is looking a sure bet for the Golden Boot Award.

Local rivals France and Belgium will go head-to-head on Tuesday to secure the first place in the showpiece at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, while Croatia and England will face off the following day.

England's 1986 campaign is largely remembered for the heartbreak of Maradona's "Hand of God" which denied the team a semi final berth.

CBS Sports has created a downloadable World Cup bracket for you to follow along every World Cup match.

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