The French team of 2018 is truly multicultural and should be celebrated across France. A number of African countries can also take pride in the victory.
France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to repeat as champions after the 1998 World Cup amid a pitch invasion by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.
Gareth Southgate's young side face the Scandinavians in Samara with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russia up for grabs.
Both Argentinian and French coaches see Lionel Messi as a key player in the round-two knockout game and are strategising with him in mind.
The Netherlands, World Cup finalists in South Africa in 2010 and semi-finalists four years later, crashed out despite beating Sweden 2-0.
Iceland's surprising successful run as the smallest ever team to qualify for the Euros has come to an end after the team found itself outmatched by aggressive play from France.
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