Steve McManaman shared his World Cup knockout predictions after the group stage

13 July, 2018, 13:59 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Federation Internationale de Football Association is investigating reports that England fans chanted "no surrender" during their World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia.

England surpassed everyone's expectations in the tournament and the personalised letters are a ideal example of Southgate's attention to detail and classy man-management.

"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".

In the final match of the group stage of the tournament, Belgium and England had both already secured their advancement to the knockout bracket, with only their rankings left to be determined.

Two weeks ago, former England worldwide Steve McManaman was asked on ESPN to predict the results of the knockout stages.

The 46-year-old pundit absolutely nailed it.


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.

But, for 31 of the 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup every for years, the tournament ends in disappointment, and that's especially true for the teams that lose in the semifinal.

France: "We expect a really tough team in the final, I think they're more hard than England". "Winning isn't an obligation, but we want this". There's no question about that. But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

"But that will be the challenge". "And I admired Southgate, he showed he's a gentleman, a sportsman, he congratulated all of us individually on the pitch".

In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semi-final, congratulated the squad on a "fascinating success for Croatian sports and football". "They let their hair down and I approved that because we have been in isolation for 50 days".

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