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    Think they just ran out of steam,but very well done.I have a sneaky feeling that those thinking France easy winners might be in for a shock.Apart from some of the foul play,I thought Croatia deserved the win.
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      Think they just ran out of steam,but very well done.I have a sneaky feeling that those thinking France easy winners might be in for a shock.Apart from some of the foul play,I thought Croatia deserved the win.
      France will win at a canter, in a one sided final.

      Modric and a couple of others, versus 11 powerhouses obsessed with defence and clean sheets. With Mbappe and Griezman ready to exploit any errors.

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      He makes every one appear happy. A schadenfreude misery waiting for bad news.
      I thought they were joking .... just undone the thumbs up I gave them now
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      It's already " come home." Is there a Country in the World that does not watch the English Premier League? It maybe all about the money, but that just enables the best players from around the World to have a stage in England.
      Exiled amongst the red and white, at the wrong end of the A/M27. (P)

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      A fair ending indeed, a group of youngsters who arrived at this World Cup with no pressure and no expectation.

      Southgate steered his lads to a slightly easier bottom half of the draw and incredibly reached the semi-final, an extraordinary tournament that saw the demise of Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil.

      The future is bright until you factor in expectation and mounting pressure on the players, time and time again we have seen better players and squads capitulate under this type of pressure.

      All in all a good tournament for England, but in my opinion this was the best chance of winning the World Cup in decades and once again we fell short.
      At the risk of feeling some posters wrath, it was highly unlikely we would be crowned World Cup Winners. This isn't said at all slagging off Southgate and the players, who I consistently supported BEFORE and during the tournament.

      Yes, I realise that on paper we only a game and half from doing it, but far more technically gifted and tactical Rakitic/Modric took control after the 30 minute mark. Leaving us resorting to dozens of hoofs. France are another level above that, and would beat Croatia or England with ease on Sunday anyway. France now will simply over power and foul Modric in numbers, in the same way that Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and in the last game Hazard were hustled into looking aveage. Power and mass defence will win the final.

      The WC winners are always one of the two best teams on the planet at that moment in time. We're not near that, yet.

      Let's just enjoy the moment of a good tournament for England, loads of goals and happy memories. We'll worry about future tournaments when we qualify for them.
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      France will win at a canter, in a one sided final.

      Modric and a couple of others, versus 11 powerhouses obsessed with defence and clean sheets. With Mbappe and Griezman ready to exploit any errors.
      French defence and muscle winning with ease in the end.

      There hasn't been a big one sided score like this since 1970.

      France v Belgium was the real final, where muscle and defence again overcame deftness.
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      I thought after watching Russia v Croatia it would not be easy.

      Bookmakers did well out of me though in this World Cup.
      Bookmakers do well out of many people, hence Ray Winstone's appearance on a regular basis.
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      Bookmakers do well out of many people, hence Ray Winstone's appearance on a regular basis.
      They've mopped again from the mugs who put money on England or Croatia to win the WC.
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      Should have still been playing but for that bottler of a referee.
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