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England fans confident it's coming home ahead of World Cup semi-final

England's Harry Maguire Croatia's Ivan Perisic France's Kylian Mbappe and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku will feature in the World Cup semi-finals. Agencies England's Harry Maguire Croatia's Ivan Perisic France's Kylian Mbappe and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku will feature in the World Cup semi-finals. Agencies
Jennie Wade | 11 July, 2018, 11:49

The village just outside the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is embracing its French links ahead of the World Cup semifinal match between France and Belgium.

While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.

In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France took the lead from a corner.

Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art. It has worked for the most part: England have only conceded one goal from open play at the 2018 World Cup, that coming against Sweden, when the second string played.

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FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week. France continued to brilliantly avoid the Belgium trap.

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Kane is now leading the Golden Boot race at this summer's World Cup with six goals, helping his side to the semi-finals of the competition in the process. Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfill its lofty expectations.

England did not have an overly hard route to the semi-final but they have overcome every obstacle they faced with some solid performances. I'm very proud of them. They were also champions that year.

Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside. "Putin warmly congratulated Macron and all French fans on their team's victory in this match and their advancement to the World Cup final", the statement reads.

"It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special to get to the final and win it".

"I don't want to offend Martinez but he, of course, benefited from Wilmots' work, despite the fact that Wales eliminate the team", Deschamps said.

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