Rocks boss Pearce on his World Cup quarter-final experience

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Federation Internationale de Football Association had invited the boys to Sunday's World Cup final although the world organising body said that due to medical reasons the boys would not be in a position to travel to the game, although they would invite them to an event in the future.

"Everyone has had a different journey to get here". "We must take advantage of it now". You know you can win, don't give up the chase.

"I'd love to have been there to see it live, but I couldn't afford to go to Russia: It would be a dream to see my son play in the World Cup".

Instead, he caught the eye of Spurs' scouts playing in English football's third tier for MK Dons in Milton Keynes and remembers all too well the harsh lessons he learned on the way. If you look at those who have advanced to the last four - Croatia, Belgium, England and France - you'll realise that not many people would have bet on them reaching this far. "I didn't keep the ball as much as I should have", he explained.

Mbappe has scored three goals in France's unbeaten run to the semi-finals, grabbing headlines with his brace and match-winning performance against Argentina in the round of 16.

It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.

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Alli and Pickford are not alone.

Tottenham Hotspur and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen is excited by the prospect of a Harry Kane versus Hugo Lloris showdown in the World Cup final. He also compensated for the times when right back Benjamin Pavard was caught out of position, particularly by Hazard, when Belgium dominated the opening 20 minutes.

Those experiences are keeping Southgate's charges grounded.

David Platt's last-gasp extra-time volley against Belgium remains one of my favourite England moments and Gary Lineker's late penalties just about saw off Roger Milla and Cameroon in the quarter-final.

Alli said he knows he "can play better than that", but added that was his "own biggest critic".

"Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up".

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