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Hundreds of thousands welcome home World Cup winners France

Hundreds of thousands welcome home World Cup winners France

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Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup winners France were welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of supporters as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday.France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow on Sunday to win the tournament for the second time in 20 years.They were given a raucous reception at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport before their parade through the capital city. The team will also receive their country's highest accolade - the Legion d'Honneur.Fans partied across France overnight, but celebrations in some cities were...
France beat Croatia in thrilling six-goal World Cup final – highlights & report

France beat Croatia in thrilling six-goal World Cup final – highlights & report

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Media playback is not supported on this device France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach. Croatia also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately France ran out victo...
Belgium vs England: World Cup preview, live commentary, stream and team line-ups

Belgium vs England: World Cup preview, live commentary, stream and team line-ups

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third-place play-off talkSPORT looks ahead to the third-place play-off on Saturday It’s the penultimate game – but it could still be a cracker. England and Belgium must pick themselves up from semi-final elimination and battle it out for third place on Saturday. Neither side will have recovered from the heartbreak of missing out on a World Cup final just a matter of days ago, nor will they care whether they come third or fourth. Kane and Hazard have starred at the tournament But there are a few individual scores to be settled at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Romelu Lukaku is Harry Kane’s closest rival for the Golden Boot. The Belgian has four goals to Kane’s six. A tie would be settled by assists and then minutes ...
Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

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last hurrah The 32-year-old is desperate to play in the third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday Gary Cahill will hold talks with England manager Gareth Southgate over whether he should end his international career. The Chelsea defender is desperate to face Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday because it could be his last game for the Three Lions. Cahill could play his last England match on Saturday Cahill, 32, has lost his place to Harry Maguire and featured just once in Russia. He said: “It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so. “Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possib...
World Cup agony for England as Croatia win semi-final in extra time – highlights & report

World Cup agony for England as Croatia win semi-final in extra time – highlights & report

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Media playback is not supported on this device England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.Gareth Southgate's side - playing England's first semi-final since they were beaten on a penalties by West Germany at Italia 90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser s...