Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Why NZ Football are still winners at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

Why NZ Football are still winners at the 2018 Fifa World Cup

England fans are the subject of a Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation after claims were made that "possibly discriminatory" chants were sung during the Three Lions' World Cup semi final loss to Croatia.

It was a tough day for England: after their overtime loss in a tight World Cup 2018 semifinal match against Croatia, the team had to let go of their high hopes for World Cup glory this year.

While most of his colleagues picked a Brazil v Spain final, McManaman barely put a foot wrong and backed France to beat Croatia in the final.

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"It is a very odd game because it's a fixture for two teams coming off the back of a disappointment, but the game is there and we need to play it", said the Chelsea man.

ENGLAND face Belgium in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday, but who will start?

In the seaside city of Split, fans wearing red and white checked Croatian shirts gathered in the bars, cafes and squares in the late afternoon sun, singing songs in anticipation of the night ahead. It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it.

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We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys. He said the players were "absolutely gutted" but the fans' reaction in the stadium after the game showed what they had achieved. In my preview for the game I said if we are leading or level with 30 minutes to go we should run away with it, but it was the other way round.

A man who worked for the England football team was given an individual handwritten letter by Gareth Southgate before the World Cup.

"The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time". They were full of running and we were out on our feet.

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"Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that". And I know we will.

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