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France booked their spot in the final after a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium, as defender Samuel Umtiti headed in the vital goal.

One thing to keep an eye on in this match is the legs and how exhausted the players will be, especially with Croatia.

"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?"

If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

To be fair to Neville he has been gushing over England's performances in Russian Federation, so he will be quite happy to have been proved wrong by wing back Trippier, centre-back Maguire and goalkeeper Pickford, who have all been enormous so far for the their Country.

England are on the cusp of World Cup glory, with just one match standing in their way of reaching the final for the first time since 1966. I feel very proud for my group.

France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti's goal. He was more creative in terms of recovery of the ball, one-on-ones, he performed very well.

It might even end with an England-France final.

A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow.

"It is an unforgettable moment - I remember Zizou at the Arc de Triomphe, and I hope that we will have our chance".

The Spanish champions invited the team to play in their worldwide academy tournament next year as well as watch a first-team game at the Nou Camp, while the Red Devils said they would love to "welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

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

In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares - and predicted they would win a second World Cup. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"

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