Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

France beat Uruguay 2-0

France beat Uruguay 2-0

"Maybe in the other two - the (last) World Cup and the European Championship, some players did not have the belief yet of winning it".

Whatever the outcome of England's semi-final, the team will remain in Russian Federation at the very least until next Saturday when the Third Place Play-Off is contested - the final will be played on Sunday 15 July.

The former Barcelona forward described Brazil's World Cup exit as the "saddest day of my career", though that was before the #neymarchallenge went viral on social media over the weekend, making fun at his tendency to feign injury.

Brazil entered the tournament as favourites but leave with their wait for a sixth World Cup crown still ongoing, and writing in his Sunday World column, Aldridge was heavily critical of Neymar once again. After a brace in Atletico Madrid's Europa League final win over Marseille, firing France to their second World Cup would cap a glittering year for the newly contracted 27-year-old.

Brazil played their 109th World Cup game, joining Germany for the record for most matches in World Cup history. "I feel that's probably the biggest strength that we have as a football team".

Francis often meets with visiting national football teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of sports particularly for young people.

Striker Olivier Giroud will keep his starting spot despite not registering a shot on target at this World Cup. France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.

Asked if he thinks Neymar is the player with the most talent after Lionel Messi, Xavi continued: "Right now, yes".

"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match".

Belgium won 4-3 the last time they met France, in a friendly in Paris in 2015.

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