Brazil’s winning reaction and early team news ahead of England v France Quarterfinals

England now have a few days to recover and prepare for a massive quarter-final match with France at the 2022 World Cup, with the game taking place on Saturday night.

Until then, Gareth Southgate has a number of decisions to make, including whether to change formations to counter the threat posed by the in-form Kylian Mbappe, who is now leading the Qatar Golden Boot race.

However, the Three Lions are ready for such a test, the manager believes, and it will all be big games now anyway if the finals reach the round of eight. Brazil are also through after beating South Korea, Argentina, Netherlands and Croatia are also through. Spain meet Morocco and Portugal meet Switzerland in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

Follow the entire build-up to England v France and the reaction to Brazil’s big win:

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Japan’s Fairy Tale Run is finally off the road

08:30 , Karl Matchett

Japan have never made it past the round of 16 at a World Cup. Failures in 2002 and 2010 still hurt when 2018 became the most heartbreaking of them all. Nacer Chadli’s last of those last goals had Belgium roaring back from two second-half deficit only to eventually beat them.

The pain of that night in Rostov has lived with this Japanese group ever since. “I never forgot it,” Yuto Nagatomo said ahead of this latest attempt at new history. He will remember that too.

Instead, it was the same old story, the fairy tale experienced by this team at that World Cup, brutally ended by Croatia in the most painful way, a bitter final chapter that didn’t even come close to the uplifting story that came before it earned.

Like 12 years ago against Paraguay, there was a penalty shoot-out. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic played the role of spoiler perfectly this time, saving three penalties to advance his team.

Ben Burrows watched the first game of the World Cup go the distance:

Brazil put on a spectacular show to excite the World Cup and reach the Quarterfinals

08:18 , Karl Matchett

It was a game that was basically over as a contest after seven minutes, but you couldn’t take your eyes off of it for a second. That was because you might miss Brazil for something spectacular, bold or just the moment that has made the World Cup highlights for years and boosted the country’s football history.

It could have been a Vinicius lob, a Neymar throw or a Raphinha spin – or it could have been many such moments, combining into goal after goal after goal and after goal. Qatar certainly got what they wanted in that sense, although given the number of empty seats at Stadium 974, not enough people wanted to see it.

It wasn’t long before that 4-1 win over South Korea became a recreation of the kind of gaudy spectacle the state put on long before hosting a World Cup. If you bring them, maybe some people will come. At least it wasn’t a risk to bring Neymar back into the starting XI as this was just another training game. Tite even went as far as giving squad players like reserve goalkeeper Weverton a run-out as if it were a final group game.

There were some more celebratory sentiments, mind you, when Neymar carried a Pele flag onto the pitch for the players to display.

Miguel Delaney celebrated Brazil’s big win against South Korea on Monday night:

Brazil put on a spectacular show to excite the World Cup and reach the Quarterfinals

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