The hosts came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team but have defied expectations by reaching the quarter-finals, defeating 2010 world champions Spain in the round of 16.
After praising his players for their performances in reaching the final, Deschamps was asked about his own contribution.
Southgate said it vindicated his decision to play a weakened team in the final group game against Belgium.
"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won".
If they trusted us or not, we trusted ourselves. From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading. It will be a battle again but I believe in us.
England fans Nigel Holder and Larry McNulty climbed into the cab of their camper van on Sunday and set off for the next leg of their Russia World Cup odyssey, the 20-hour journey to Moscow, venue for their team's semi-final match. "Of course he isn't obsessive - he can't be an obsessive fan because he can't permit himself this - but he likes interesting football", Peskov said. "But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup".
Croatia were not helped by the positioning of Modric and Rakitic, who were sitting so deep. Russian Federation had crashed out of the tournament.
Since the opening match nearly a month ago, Moscow went almost without sleep as fans danced through the night on the streets near the Kremlin, locations where police would normally break up unauthorized gatherings by force.
Apart from the experience of 103 worldwide appearances, Lloris has a few other things going his way when he's trying to stop them - including the fact he's faced numerous Belgians already while playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.
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Now they are looking to go one step further, but just getting this far is a source of great pride for Croatia.
Russian Federation had delivered the ideal opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football. However, it turns out that Kolinda was indeed at the dressing room, hugging and congratulating the players.
"He watched, he was rooting for the team".
He said: "We have a great deal of respect for them".
"They have a very serious national team".
"This was a good game, and a lovely one". We wanted to repay him.
"According to reports, the president had flown to Russian Federation in economy class as she wanted to show the world that she's a football fan, just 'like anyone else".
"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan. They've surprised everyone, particularly a disbelieving nation.