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France's lost Euro 2016 final a driving force for coach Deschamps

11 July 2018

France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country when they tackle Belgium in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final, despite missing Monday's training session.

England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true.

After watching England beat Colombia and Sweden in the knock-out rounds, the nation has been swept up in a newfound football mania. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

"He declined in the end and we then went back to the publishers with David Batty, but they said he wasn't a big enough name so we didn't do that. There's a lot of enthusiasm".

"It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said.

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", said 19-year-old Mbappe, who tormented the Belgian defence with his runs.

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"I think he has built on the potential of the team", said De Bruyne.

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

A decade ago, England had one of the best set-piece takers in football in David Beckham, whose precision and ability to curl the ball in from the wing was an important weapon at major tournaments. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the (2016) final".

Centre-back Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header from a corner gave France a 1-0 win, as they defended deep to close it out and reach a third World Cup final. It is a good part of our game.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

"Everyone's had a good rest and getting ready for our next two qualifiers", she said.

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So I think Gareth Southgate's side will have to raise their level from what we have seen so far.

France withstood nine shots from Belgium as Hugo Lloris kept a clean sheet, and Deschamps credited his side's effort at the back.

"When Gareth came in it was the first time we relived it".

"We want to keep making that history".

"That makes me proud because we could have easily come to this stage and froze and just not been able to cope with what France have done in the past".

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He'd be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russian Federation with every fibre of his being". By no means are they assured a spot, as world No. 7 France , who oddsmakers are favouring, stand in their way.

France's lost Euro 2016 final a driving force for coach Deschamps