Didier Deschamps: France still not over loss in Euro 2016 final

Didier Deschamps: France still not over loss in Euro 2016 final

On Wednesday, La Liga said they had invited the boys and their coach to Spain to attend a Spanish top flight game in the future when they have fully recovered from the ordeal.

For three decades, the national team seemed immune to the transformation taking place elsewhere in the national game, to the extent that, going into the current World Cup, expectations had never been lower.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has played down the notion of a missed chance for the "golden generation" after their FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat to France.

Rose, 28, has seen limited game time in Russian Federation, with Ashley Young being preferred in the left wingback role.

"We can't smell a trophy, only perfume", Griezmann explained in his post-match interview.

It was only two years ago that France reached the European Championship final on home soil, only to lose to Portugal in extra-time, and Deschamps told TF1 that result was still weighing on the team's minds.

Martinez shot down suggestions Belgium might have played their best game in beating Brazil in the last eight and would find it hard to lift their game again for the challenge of France. The victor of the England-Croatia semifinal game will move onto the World Cup Final, where a matchup against France awaits.

Today we are. And this time, more than any other time, I hope we'll get it right.

"I'm excited for my country", said Gobert, who was born in Saint-Quentin, France.

He is not a figure popular with Tottenham fans given his connection in London and a selection of them chose to give him stick on Twitter after his latest performance in a France kit. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final". As President Emmanuel Macron sprang in the air to celebrate his nation's victory, the Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde appeared glum in their seats beside him (pictured, centre).

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.