Wilshere, Vieira and more: Twitter reacts as Germany beat France

Jack Wilshere and Patrick Vieira both tweet their thoughts as Germany knock France out of the World Cup with 1-0 win

Germany booked their place in a record fourth successive World Cup semi-final thanks to a 1-0 victory over France on Friday.

Mats Hummels’ first-half header from a Toni Kroos free-kick was enough to knock Les Bleus out of the tournament in Brazil, with Karim Benzema squandering a late chance to force the game into extra-time.

The first quarter-final of the tournament in Brazil inevitably prompted a flurry of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order as usual.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere @JackWilshere is not impressed to see Laurent Koscielny left out of the starting line-up (he was a 71st-minute substitute): “How is it the best centre back in the Premiership can’t get in the French team!?!? #Strange #Kos #Gooner”

Former Manchester United man Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) chimes in as Germany take the lead: “#5 starts the scoring!!”

Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) is not impressed by Raphaël Varane’s defending for the opener: “Hummels absolutely raggy-dolls Varane… 1-zip…”

Ex-Germany international Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) feels that Joachim Low’s men will need another goal to secure victory: “If Germany wants to win that game they have to score again.”

Ex-England defender Phil Neville (@fizzer18) wants to see some more urgency from France: “Are France going to have a go here or what?”

Tennis player Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) is getting bored: “France vs Germany is zzzzzzzz #allezlesblues”

Ex-midfielder David Thompson (@77thomo) is too: “I’m expecting more urgency from the French and their management on the sides!!#toomuchpatience”

Former Bolton captain Kevin Davies (@Kevin__Davies) is glad to switch off after the game: “France out without a whimper. Attention turns to the next game now should be a little more exciting!!!”

Cricketer Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) is happy with how his pre-tournament prediction is going: “Ze Germans were my pick at the start.. Still doing it for me!”

Ex-Liverpool man Luis Garcia (@LuchoGarcia14) is also looking forward to the late kick-off: “Not a great game for the Germans but enough to do the job. First team at the semifinals. Can’t wait for next game Colombia vs Brasil”

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (@mulumbuofficial) is seemingly unimpressed: “I am so angry France don’t deserve to lose on this s**t free-kick … Football will kill me one day”

Ex-Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) praises the Germans for their display: “Great performance from Germany and the dropping of mertesacker was key. Germany had more pace at the back this game due to him not playing”

Former France international Patrick Vieira (@OfficialVieira) is gutted for his compatriots: “Feeling sorry for our players because they’re out of the competition without playing at their best. But over all they had a good tournament.”

And the final, insightful update comes from Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): “The thing about the Germans is that they’re Germans.”

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