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10 July, 2018, 10:29 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners".

Tomorrow, Spain will take on Japan.

After a heartbreaking loss on home soil in the final of EURO 2016, France have a point to prove and will be determined to secure their spot in the World Cup final.

If the Red Devils can get the ball to Hazard in unsafe areas he has the talent to create plenty of headaches for defenders. But there might be split loyalties for Hazard after he admitted he followed Les Bleus after their victory in the competition in 1998.

Chadli will be required to replace right wing-back Thomas Meunier and could be in for a tough night at the office against pacy wingers Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

Before this year, Belgium's best ever World Cup performance was a fourth place finish in 1986.

England footballing icon Paul Gascoigne has told the current Three Lions crop to "watch each other's back" as they prepare for their World Cup semi final clash with Croatia.

The star of that squad of 20 years ago was Davor Suker, whose six goals saw him win the golden boot.

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Croatia have gone through two extra times and two penalty shootouts - they must be shot, physically and mentally.

Before this year's installment, the Vatreni - in the midst of their own "Golden Generation" - had long-failed to replicate 1998's famed generation and shine on the global stage.

The 51-year-old coach, who has only been in charge of the national side since October, was asked about England's strengths and weaknesses and said: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

Everyone in the team is hungry even though he, with Bayern Munich, captain Luka Modric (Real Madrid) and Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) have won major club titles such as the Champions League, Mandzukic said.

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners".

The Three Lions could have scored more goals from open play had Raheem Sterling showed more composure in front of goal.

Croatia are set to take on England in the semifinals though whether their target man intends to foot the beer bill again remains to be seen.

It is expected that Croatia will shift center back Domagoj Vida into the right back slot, with former Tottenham defender Verdan Corluka slotting into the center of defense alongside Dejan Lovren.

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