Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

M&S are the official tailor of the England national team and that has seen Three Lions squad wear their suits collection, as well as Southgate looking dapper in their attire on the touchline throughout the World Cup.

Some people are even pre-empting an England World Cup winning, calling for a bank holiday on Monday if the trophy is lifted.

"We are going to stand there and say, "any tickets, we need a ticket", and if that doesn't work, we'll go to the ground".

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His superbly drilled defence, led by Raphael Varane, neutralised Belgium's much-hyped attack to record a fourth shutout in six games so far.

The playmaker believes that Belgium's "golden generation" of players have benefited from the exposures overseas.

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was also proud of his players despite the defeat.

France's all-time leading scorer will finish off his World Cup gig with Belgium in the playoff for third place in St. Petersburg on Saturday. That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done.

His positioning is crucial to Gareth Southgate's 3-1-4-2 formation when the opposition have the ball.

He said: "I didn't feel nervous or anything like that. Then (Vincent) Kompany and (Marouane) Fellani went and others thought let's sign more Belgium players and that has helped".

Fans celebrated the victory all over France, with fireworks and flares lighting up the sky above Paris and Marseille.

"It brings back excellent memories, but that was in the final, this is the semifinal. He can improve more and he will be unsafe for us".

"We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup. We have to savor it".

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