Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

France reached the World Cup final 20 years ago after a semi-final victory was sealed by a Lilian Thuram header against Croatia, and Deschamps was asked if he felt Umtiti's goal from similar circumstances was a sign of destiny for his side.

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.

"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

A huge England flag has been painted on the side of a bus as Reading gets behind the boys in Russian Federation ahead of the World Cup semi-final.

"So we´re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow".

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In the other semifinal in Moscow on Wednesday, July 11, England will take on Croatia.

Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, who is the tournament´s leading scorer with six goals so far. A separate video led to a Croatian coach being sent home.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time against Russian Federation but remained in the match and played his role when the game went to penalties.

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

You already know where this is going, obviously, so let's get straight to it: England vs West Germany, 1990 World Cup semi-final, as Twitter might have suffered it. "It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

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Arsene Wenger believes Paul Pogba has improved at the World Cup because he has simplified his game for France.

Paul Pogba produced a superbly complete midfield display as France booked their place in their third World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium.

But Pogba has been a key part of France's team at the World Cup and impressed alongside N'Golo Kante throughout the tournament in Russian Federation.

Pogba has often been accused of lacking the discipline to play in midfield but his United boss was effusive in his praise for the much-maligned midfielder. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"

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