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The World Cup final will be contested by France and Croatia on Sunday in Moscow while the 3rd place game will feature losing semi-finalists Belgium and England.

Cape Town - English soccer legend Alan Shearer has slated the scheduled 2018 World Cup playoff fixture to be played on Saturday between beaten semi-finalists, England and Belgium.

The game turned in overtime on two plays - one on which a defender was alert, the other on which a defender was caught napping.

Frenchman Lloris, whose side face Croatia in the final, is favourite to win the prestigious award but whatever happens, the England keeper leaves Russian Federation recognised as one of the best in the business.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to keep going".

"But at this World Cup, the star-studded teams relying on the big names are already on the beach".

"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country".

Trippier, the England goal-scorer, was injured in the second overtime and could only watch from the bench as the clock ran on England's dream of returning to the World Cup final for the first time since 1966.

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World Cup finals are often notoriously tight affairs but you'd have to give France the edge in every department here, with the possible exception of Croatia's magnificent midfield. "But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

In the past, there have been too many occasions when the people who make decisions have been reluctant to back our men, preferring to go for change: sack the manager, show him the door and in the process destroy what may have been a good, workable, possibly ideal, plan for long-term improvement and success.

He had some words of encouragement for coach Gareth Southgate's team following its 2-1 defeat: "Far exceeded expectations".

"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it".

The rest of us must also recognise how successful these players can be - those who became used to winning with the Under 21s and the age groups below that.

A promise: "If we win, all the team will dye our hair".

It shows firefighters watching Saturday's World Cup quarter final between Croatia and Russian Federation.

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