"What we did have to do from time to time was defend him from rival players who were trying to wind him up".
"I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match". They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.
And Martinez said there had been no secret to success, just the following of a process as team and manager got to know one another's individual talents during his time in charge.
'We knew that we had what it takes to go further, to make history. but it wasn't to be this time, ' the 26-year-old added, via a post on his Instagram account. "It's a good thing for him and the club". "I felt that we had the match in our hands".
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They crashed out at the World Cup group stage four years ago and were shocked by minnows Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016. Whatever the buzzwords, they mark the start of a new era for the Three Lions.
France are making their sixth appearance in the World Cup semi-finals and have reached the final in 1998 and 2006, while this is only Belgium's second appearance in the World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
In a World Cup where set pieces have played such a huge role and with teams becoming ever more cautious as the final approaches, that edge could prove the difference between England ending 52 years of hurt or falling at the penultimate hurdle.
It's a move Neymar has pulled numerous times throughout the World Cup, whether for sympathy, to draw a penalty kick, or some combination of both.
France welcome back Blaise Matuidi, who returns after serving a suspension of his own during his side's 2-0 win against Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
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Kurz called for the agency to have 10,000 border guards by 2020, seven years earlier than anticipated by Brussels. However German media report that most of the irregular migrants entering Germany do not go through Austria anyway.
The South American giants were sent packing by Belgium in Kazan in the last eight encounter, the 2-1 score condemning Tite's side to an early exit from the competition.
Belgium have been the better attacking side of the two teams, generating an average of 2.33 xGF, almost double that of France's (1.26 xGF).
The Paris St Germain star repeatedly made a meal out of minimal contact, threatening to tarnish his legacy as one of the premier strikers in world football.
According to their report, Neymar spent good 14 minutes rolling on the ground in Russian Federation before the quarterfinal match.
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But in an online poll in Globoesporte, 56% of fans rated Neymar's World Cup as unsatisfactory with just 4% believing the forward produced his best football in Russian Federation. So there is no clear favourite in the 2nd semi-final as well.