Talking Tactics: Four lessons we learnt from World Cup semi-finals

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Talking Tactics: Four lessons we learnt from World Cup semi-finals
Talking Tactics: Four lessons we learnt from World Cup semi-finals

It isn't coming home after all. England's valiant World Cup campaign came to an end on Wednesday night with a disappointing extra-time defeat to Croatia that can be blamed on a mixture of tiredness and inexperience both mentally and tactically. Gareth Southgate has created a joyous England team, which is no small feat, but ultimately did not have a plan B as Croatia's cool-headed midfielders began to control the game.

Belgium will also rue a missed opportunity for their golden generation. Roberto Martinez was surprisingly conservative in his tactical decisions, leaving his side too static to break down such a stern France defence. For Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Vincent Kompany, their dreams of lifting the World Cup trophy are over.

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