The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

Brazil’s coach Tite shouts instructions to his players during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on 2 July 2018

Brazil, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, has been knocked out, and now the tournament is wide open

The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character. However, Mbappe's speed has not been confirmed by any official site.

The places seven to 12 are filled with six stars, who have all reached 33.3km/h, with one Brazilian, though not Neymar or Willan, among them.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, this interrupted our dream but it did not get out of our head or our hearts". The France match will be one of the biggest in my career. We have a relatively young team, but we've shown maturity and have been growing since the tournament started.

Neymar was personally tipped for glory in the competition but endured a hard tournament, scoring twice for Brazil but also receiving severe criticism from around the world as a result of his perceived tendency to dive and exaggerate injuries. Thumping headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to secure a first world cup semi-final berth for the Three Lions in 28 years.

"I try to create gaps for my teammates, " Giroud said.

"Thierry Henry is really important for us".

"A player can be very good, spectacular even, but they will never be like Pele because he has no heir". We have four players who can make the difference. "We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go".

In France's World Cup opener against Australia, he let a long shot go past him and watched in relief as it hit the crossbar. "We need to respect them because of what they have achieved".

Brazil boss Tite has revealed Manchester United's newest signing, Fred, was not afforded game time at the World Cup due to an injury which impacted his match fitness.

However that hasn't stopped people from making fun of their star player Neymar.

Martinez, who brushed aside a question linking him with the Spain managerial job, said one thing he would not have to do on Friday was find a way to motivate his team.

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