A Single Goal Sends France To The World Cup Final

Football will not come home on Sunday, but a physically and emotionally drained England squad will.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches.

"I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team I am in the World Cup final".

'Paul has grown in the team, he is a very expressive player.

"We know their set-pieces are unsafe, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.

"We've shown pride and passion". There's no question about that. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score. "I reckon there's a lot we could've done better".

"But that will be the challenge".

"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me! The reaction from the fans at the end shows you everything they've given", He told ITV.

"It's not the game we wanted to be in".

Captain Eden Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession. We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka.

"But equally we want to be a team that are hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that is what we have aimed to do in the long term". We have proved to ourselves and our country that it is possible. It will be a different sort of scenario.

"I know that sometimes you do good, sometimes you do bad", said Pogba, who was singled out for praise by Didier Deschamps, the France head coach, after Tuesday's 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium, "but that's how you grow".

And Kane said after the match it was hard to put a finger on what had gone wrong for the Three Lions so soon after the heartbreaking loss.

'I think [Roberto] Martinez had chose to put [Marouane] Fellaini on him so Fellaini was only anxious about Pogba, so of course he had less freedom on the ball. But we've fallen a bit short.

"But I've said all along we're not flawless, we're not the finished article".

  • Rogelio Becker