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Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

12 July 2018
Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly after France beat Belgium late Tuesday to advance to the World Cup final.

Cave divers and Thai Navy SEALs rescued the final group of four boys and their 25-year-old coach after leading them through narrow, water-filled tunnels in total darkness.

"They can criticise me, but they cannot criticise what I do on the pitch", he said.

"He is a different player, a star for the next 15 years and I think he can even improve". "Pogba was mature, he played with maturity when he had to, to hold position and keep control of the play he did".

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header at St Petersburg Stadium sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998 - when Deschamps captained them on home soil. "Against this French team you have to score the first goal and we didn't", he said ruefully.

It is the kind of incisive play he displayed all season as Manchester City marched to the English Premier League title.

They lost in extra time in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal.

The World Cup, the showpiece event that all football fans so eagerly wait for has delivered again and given us all further reason why this month-long tournament is seen as perhaps the most prestigious event in all of football. "We are happy, but there is still one more step to take". "This squad doesn't have those type of players, they are all of a similar level". They were quite tough and obviously Mbappe has great quality. "Our camaraderie was excellent", he said.

France will face either England or Croatia in Sunday's final.

"We have created an opportunity to become world champions but we are still not there".

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match.