England target World Cup final but gifted Croatia stand in the way

Kevin De Bruyne looks confused

Kevin De Bruyne looks confused

Deschamps, who captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, hailed the character of his young team and credited his players' effort at the back.

Left out of the starting XI for France's opener against Australia, the Chelsea striker has started every match since, but has yet to find the back of the net.

Didier Deschamps issued a warning that France will continue to "climb mountains" after reaching the World Cup final.

Olivier Giroud, who is still without a goal in Russian Federation, revelled in his childhood dream of reaching a World Cup final and hopes to emulate 1998 hero Zinedine Zidane.

"This team is nowhere near the level they´re going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they´re going to have more and more big-match experiences". The second semi will take place in Moscow's Luzhniki - also the venue for the final - on Wednesday evening. With 60 minutes of extra time and two penalty-kick shootouts, it's as if Croatia has played an entire extra match.

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my team-mates".

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Fans in Paris celebrate France's victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals.

However, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has revealed that he was anxious about about how three England players would cope going into the tournament. "The heroes are there, and not at the World Cup", Mourinho said. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"

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