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Semi-final time and it’s England v Croatia… brace yourself

People will talk about the VAR controversy at the end of the quarter-final until the cows come home.

The fact is it didn’t really matter too much as England would have won the game either way.

Switzerland didn’t offer much in the way of an attacking threat but England can expect Croatia to come out with all guns blazing.

A stern test

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A stern test

The Luzhniki Stadium is bathed in sunshine as each team belt out their national anthems.

Both sets of players look really up for this.

Two minutes in and Mario Mandzukic and Harry Maguire have already exchanged glancing elbows on each other.

Dele Alli and Marcelo Brozovic have to be pulled apart soon after — calm it down, lads, nothing silly.

Oof! That’s an awful foul on Luka Modric by Eric Dier.

It’s late and high, no wonder the Real Madrid midfielder is taking his time in getting up.

The referee is having a long think about this one.

He’s reaching for a card…

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