Brussels homecoming for Belgium's World Cup stars

Romelu Lukaku of Belgium

Since that Argentina game, Croatia have done just enough to beat Iceland, Denmark and Russian Federation, but Dalic believes that is because they set up to frustrate his side, whereas England's more attacking style could suit them better.

Belgium lie in wait this Saturday in St Petersburg after Croatia inflicted a crushing defeat.

"This is why football is magical, it gives everyone emotions".

Kieran Trippier's early free-kick had England dreaming of a first major final since 1966, only for Ivan Perisic to level and Mario Mandzukic to strike in extra-time.

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

The 6ft 3in colossus is yet to open his goal-scoring account at the World Cup this summer, but manager Didier Deschamps likes him due to his hold-up play.

Perhaps because of his club issues, he also struggled to make an impact in France's opening game in the World Cup, even prompting the call from the French fans and media for him to be dropped, which is probably what had him mulling over his global future.

"We have two days to prepare". There's no question about that.

"It's not the same feeling - we know we still have one game to win".

"But that will be the challenge".

"There is still a big step left, so we need to focus again".

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"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".

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

La Liga's president Javier Tebas said: "When the moment is right and everyone is ready I would like to invite the children and their coach to go to a Liga game".

"We have prepared well, I can brag a little about that", laughed Deschamps after securing a place in Sunday's final in Moscow against either Croatia or England. And we've proved that is possible. "We want to finish on a high, and these players deserve to finish on a high". It will be a different sort of scenario.

England and Belgium have already played each other once in this tournament - a lackluster 1-0 Belgium win in a game both coaches stuffed with reserve players since they'd already qualified for the knockout stage.

The last month has seen England reconnect with a disillusioned fan base, putting in performances that point towards a brighter future.

"Most of our players were not at the Euros".

"A team like Croatia, we know their threats going forward, they have some quality players".

"We believe this simple gesture can help these faces recover the joy and smiles that no child should ever lose", Vieira said in the letter. There's a long way for us to go. "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us". There's a lot we could have done better.

"In 1998 [Stephane] Guivarc'h played a good World Cup but didn't score and I think I'm doing a good World Cup, I've assisted three times for goals, I'm committed and the work rate and the work every single player puts in is very important".

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