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Croatia players salute their fans as they celebrate after their World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

An hour after Croatia had knocked out England, I spoke to an English journalist friend who ventured the thought that if England had gone on to win the(...)

England players stand dejected after their 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia in Moscow. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

There was, literally, breaking news on the radio on Wednesday morning about light rain being spotted in one or two parts of the country, like it was S(...)

Croatia fans ahead of the World Cup semi-final football match against England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Fifa wants to crack down on broadcasters picking out “hot women” in the crowd at games as part of its efforts to tackle sexism in football. Pre-tourn(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

French fans in Dtwo nightclub watch their World Cup semi-final  against Belgium. Photograph: Jack Power

Hundreds of French and Belgian soccer fans crowded into Dtwo nightclub on Harcourt Street, in Dublin city centre, to watch their teams face off in the(...)

Kylian Mbappe celebrates France’s 1-0 win over Belgium. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

When the final whistle came, the sheer joy of the celebrations came as a surprise. Kylian Mbappé was face down on the ground, Hugo Lloris racing up th(...)

Ashley Young  during an England press conference in Saint Petersburg. “It’ll be a tough game, so we’ve got to be mentally and physically prepared for what they will throw at us.” Photograph:   Hassenstein/Getty Images

England are confident they will beat any lingering effects of fatigue from an increasingly hectic campaign by the time they start their first World Cu(...)

Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia beat Russia in their penalty shootout in Sochi. Photograph: Reuters/Carl Recine

Dejan Lovren replied in the only way that he could in the circumstances. Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Harry Kane in Wednesd(...)

Belgium’s assistant coach Thierry Henry at Monday’s training session. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

France v Belgium Saint Petersburg Stadium, Tuesday, 7pm Live on RTÉ 2 and BBC 1 A little like neighbours who pop next door to each other in order to(...)

Gareth Southgate: Miracle man? Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

And then there were four. Although perhaps only 3½, Croatia looking like a side more ready for a health farm than a World Cup semi-final by the time t(...)

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