World Cup 2018: buildup to France v Belgium, plus England latest – live!

Latest news from the Belgium, France, England and Croatia camps World Cup power rankings: Brilliant Belgium go top before semis Mbappé’s boldness will be crucial for France against Belgium And feel free to email Richard or tweet @rrjparkin 7.38am BST And speaking of penalties - randomly I’ve stumbled across this from the deeper, darker vaults of the internet - a Guardian yarn from so long ago we ask for correspondence via post. Bless. Related: 10 worst penalty misses of all time . @adrianmierzej86 , on debut for Changchun Yatai, tried to score a panenka past @glen_moss . Never again @Sproulie72 pic.twitter.com/kPKVTVYK2X 7.27am BST As someone hailing from a footballing confederation not flush with World Cup success [should AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC just give up and have their own Europa League style Cup? Discuss.], I do always enjoy the subplot of inter-confederational rivalry, even if with four European nations remaining in Russia 2018 that particular battle has become a little moot this time round. But for African fans following this blog, this yarn from Ed Aarons casts the “all-European” final four in a slightly different light. Related: What do the World Cup semi-finalists all have in common? Immigration Continue reading...

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