Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate

The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world.

And the 19-year-old was overwhelmed at the thought of helping France reach the final in his first appearance at a World Cup.

But FIFA said it had been informed "that due to medical reasons, the boys will not be in a position to travel to Moscow".

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Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England". "Our thoughts are with his family", Federation Internationale de Football Association said. We gave it our all.

"Today I'm happy but it's not like the Euros".

As for the game itself, many are predicting a high-scoring game as it was when France last met Belgium in 2015, with the Red Devils coming through that one as 4-3 winners.

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He said: "I'm in a win-win situation - basically, one of them is going to end up in the final. I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made another excellent save to help his team to victory and he called reaching the final "crazy".

"Football is handsome because we can make our supporters and all of the French people feel emotions", the captain said. "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil". We worked hard defensively. That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".

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"Rami's moustache brought good luck", he said. "We already managed a set piece like this in the quarterfinals, it worked perfectly". "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem". It is in the knockout rounds that I hit my stride, though, and I hope to continue like this. "I just wanted his".

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