Roberto Martinez challenges Belgium to build on best-ever World Cup

Man United and France midfielder Paul Pogba previews the 2018 World Cup final

The Rangers manager, who captained his country in 38 matches, watched on Wednesday as England's journey came to an end after defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals. "We are here to enjoy the final and give our best".

The 51-year-old was mentored by Miroslav Blazevic, the architect of the young nation's journey to the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, but made the decision in 2010 that moving to the Gulf was the only way to prove his worth as a coach.

The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m.

The way English supporters have embraced this team and their exploits in the last month has been nearly unprecedented, and with the vast majority of the squad still in their early to mid-twenties, there may be plenty more for their fans to enthuse about in the next few years.

- Belgium won their first five matches in Russian Federation to set a new Belgian record for consecutive victories at the World Cup.

"We are in the World Cup final".

He said: "It's important that we now make sure that this World Cup isn't a one-off, that it isn't a false dawn".

"When you are mentioned in that context it's very nice and pleasing but I don't preoccupy myself with that", he added.

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England fell agonisingly short of Sunday's finale after an extra-time defeat against Croatia, which was then compounded within 72 hours as Southgate's emotionally drained side lost 2-0 to Belgium.

Many England fans had been hoping to give their World Cup heroes a warm welcome upon their return from Russian Federation. "It's a great honour for all the players and the supporters, and I don't think we're really aware of the scale of it just yet".

"You don't have to be a giant to play football, I'm happy with where I am. I've also got to get everyone else through the next few days".

Whatever the outcome of Sunday's final match between Croatia and France, one player is certain to miss out on a World Cup medal. But while Euro 2022 carries major prestige, it is not the World Cup and Belgium will remain forever wondering what might have been had they taken their chances against France and not given away a soft goal. God willing, we will bring the cup back to Croatia.

"It was really a hard game against France".

'All I can do is tip my hat and congratulate them.

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced the day after the game that it was investigating "possible discriminatory chants" and said on Saturday that it had issued the FA with a warning.

"They've achieved as much as other teams have - only the winners in 1966 surpassed what the boys did".

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