Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

Didier Deschamps: manager insisted at his press pre-match conference that “there is no ambiguity here, we want to win and the players must do everything in their power to achieve this”.  Abedin Taherkenarech/EPA

Group C – Denmark v France – Luzhniki Stadium, 3pm (RTÉ/ITV) At the time, Didier Deschamps must have been disappointed: France had taken their time t(...)

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during  a press conference at the Ekaterinburg Arena on the eve of the  game against Peru.  Photograph: Getty Images

A matter of weeks after Hugo Lloris suggested that his Tottenham teammates needed to ask themselves a question or two over the summer months about wha(...)

Peru’s Andy Polo celebrates with teammates and supporters after beating New Zealand to reach the World Cup. Photo: Luka Gonzales/Getty Images

Peru 2 New Zealand 0 (aggregate: 2-0) Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals in each half from Je(...)