“Every passing, every chance can become crucial at the knockout stage, and we must do everything to win. That’s what we should remember in tomorrow’s match against Argentina… The World Cup reboots at the knockout stage. We have the talent and the drive to advance as far as possible, and we will try to reach our goal,” Lloris said.

He added that he hoped that the knockout stage would be “a time to shine” for forward Antoine Griezmann, who had netted only one goal for his side in the tournament during Group C opening match against Australia.

The European side finished first in their group with a total of seven points and will now face Group D runners-up Argentina in Kazan on Saturday.

 The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.