France reach the World Cup final

France ended Belgium’s two-year-long unbeaten run in last night’s first semi-final with a 1-0 win. In a close game the slightly more cosmically cohesive side came through to face the winner of England / Croatia on Sunday.

In addition to having very good players it is the telepathic links, in both sides, that have been the key to their success so far.

Preview: England v Sweden

‘They are always more than the sum of their parts’ said Gareth Southgate when asked about England’s prospects against Sweden in the Quarter finals; inferring ‘We are usually less than the sum of our parts’. Once again England have the more talented individuals but over the years Sweden have the better results against the Three Lions. Their strength, as Southgate rightly says, is cohesion and team spirit. However, this time England