Winning is all that matters for Ivan Rakitic in World Cup final

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GETTYKieran Trippier was heavily praised by Lee Dixon for his performance in the World Cup

Belgium and England are playing a game that neither team wanted to be in, as they'll be playing for third and fourth place instead of first and second, after their respective losses to France and Croatia. England are now ranked 12th in the world.

"So, it was an incredibly hard game for us but in the second half the players were relentless in trying to keep going, actually played some good football, created some chances".

Southgate spoke eloquently in a post-match press conference that he rounded off by thanking the tournament organisers, volunteers, English media and the Russian hosts.

The 43-year-old Misiones-born referee has already officiated at four matches at in Russian Federation 2018, including the home team's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. The Ringer writes that only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi averaged more shots per 90 minutes among all players across Europe's top five league this season.

"They coped brilliantly with that". We want to aspire to that level every time we go out and every time we train. We've raised expectation because we've also raised belief.

"The experiences the players have had and the enjoyment is important in an England shirt".

"There's an energy and a connection back".

With big-game experience as a UEFA Champions League victor with Real Madrid, Varane has increasingly become a team leader. What our aim is, is to build with a system now through the development teams.

"There's a lot talked about (in terms of) relationships between our two countries", the England boss said.

Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Paris following Tuesday's semi-final win over Belgium and confidence is high that Didier Deschamps' team can match the achievement of the 1998 winners. Players attributed the performance for the national team with a sense of satisfaction.

"It's not actually my decision, but I agree with it". This makes me happy.

"The support we've had from home is vast". Now we are in the final and people are celebrating on the streets. The country has united behind football. "We like having him around, he's shown his influence, not just as a coach but more importantly as a human being". The FA had invited England's 1966 heroes if Gareth Southgate's team were involved. We will carry one another.

"To be honest with you, we are in our bubble", said goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.

"If they will be unable to give their all during the match I expect them to tell us".

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