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Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final

10 July 2018

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarising debate in England with the Manchester City forward without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says his contribution in Russian Federation has been essential.

"All I am going to say now is that we are in the semi-final and we have the chance to play in the final of the World Cup, so let's try to do everything", said France boss Didier Deschamps at the pre-match press conference.

The Manchester City winger has endured an indifferent tournament in Russian Federation, failing to register a goal in any of his five appearances.

Not many expected Spain to fail to make the final four of the World Cup and even fewer anticipated Brazil crashing out at the quarter-final stage but Gary Neville gets paid the big bucks for a reason.

But the showing was received poorly by supporters, who vented their frustration over his performance on social media and demanded a recall for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

"They have some very good players", the England coach said.

Dalic must rouse his players after the physical demands of their two knock-out wins.

England have proven themselves as an attacking force, smashing the nation's previous goalscoring record at the FIFA World Cup™, spearheaded by current top scorer, Harry Kane. I thought we would but we never have.

The toll both games have taken on the Croatia squad was evident at the end of extra time against the hosts with several players sprawled out on the turf at full-time. His pace has petrified defences in every game that he's featured so far and Croatia are not the quickest at the back.

"'Of course there is some power left for the English", he added.

Croatia's failure to beat Russian Federation in normal time cost us last time out but with four matches to go we are still showing a healthy profit from one of the most exciting World Cups in living memory. "Their midfield players in particular are some of the best in the world, so we know their strengths".

'We're giving our all.

Raheem Sterling, England on collision course with Belgium in World Cup final