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David Baddiel watches England games at his friend Frank Skinner’s house

It won't just be football fans in Paris and London hoping for France and England wins this week, with a number of Kiwi punters eagerly awaiting the outcome of the semi-finals.

France also have a good record over Belgium at major tournaments as they have won all three previous meetings.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. Hazard's breakneck speed on the counter-attack was a useful asset as Belgium looked to close out the tie against Brazil, the 27-year-olds pace could be needed if Belgium takes the lead in the semi-final. It's the expectation of: can we beat Colombia? Yes.

Croatia's shoot-out victory over Russian Federation was their second straight win on penalties at the World Cup, after they beat Denmark in the same fashion in their last-16 tie.

Southgate said England's dramatic improvement since Euro 2016, which ended with a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last 16, was down to the FA's backing.

One half of the World Cup Finals is set, as France defeated Belgium today in the semifinals by the final of 1-0. "Croatia is remembered as a team who earned third place in 1998".

CBS Sports has created a downloadable World Cup bracket for you to follow along every World Cup match. On the one hand, we have reached the knockout stage, we have qualified for the last eight, we defeated Spain.

However, controversy over players being suspended for previous finals has forced Federation Internationale de Football Association to act in recent World Cups. The likes of Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford were pictured taking a refreshing plunge along with captain Harry Kane - before a spot of yoga to stretch out those aching limbs and refresh minds. Of the tournament's star players, Romelu Lukaku has performed as strongly as we expected him to.

Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden's defence in England's 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.

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