Brazil exit saddest moment of my career - Neymar

World Cup Brazil coach calls for change to penalty shoot-out system

AS say that hundreds of fans made their way to the airport to greet the team when they returned home but Neymar was nowhere to be seen. They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.

The 32-year-old has scored twice from open play and twice more - just about - during penalty shootout triumphs in Russian Federation and at times appeared to be dragging his flagging team-mates towards that conclusion single-handedly during the 2-2 quarter-final slog against the hosts.

"Maybe he's going to sing La Marseillaise, but he's with us now and doing a great job".

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As a member of Belgium's supporting staff at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Michel Sablon was compiling a list of penalty-takers as their second-round clash with England looked destined for a penalty shoot-out.

"I think he has built on the potential of the team", the Manchester City midfielder said. "Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all".

Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.

The quarter-finals stage of the World Cup is well underway, after Uruguay lost to France at the Nizhny Novgorod on Friday afternoon.

"He had only played about 10 matches and at that time I didn't know him", said De Bruyne.

France take on Belgium in the first of the Semi Finals, in what should be an entertaining game.

Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches: All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the country they led to the title.

From Brazil's squad in Russian Federation, 10 players will be 30 or younger by the tournament in Qatar in four years, including Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who to many was the team's best player at this World Cup.

Scoring has increased since the start of the World Cup, putting the average at 2.62 goals per match, slightly below the 2014 average of 2.71.

SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. With Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia also past their prime, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian have failed to impress Mourinho but Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has reportedly asked the Portuguese boss to sign up his younger brother Jordan Lukaku at Old Trafford. No host nation has won the World Cup since France in 1998.

France, Belgium, England and Croatia have proved to be formidable in Russian Federation.

The Chelsea star has been involved in 14 goals in his past 14 internationals, with eight goals and six assists.

"Yes, England can go all the way", Rush, 56, told The New Paper in a phone interview.

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