- All the build-up to Belgium v England and France v Croatia
- Has the penny finally dropped for newly-disciplined Paul Pogba?
- Kane declares himself fit for third-place play-off with Belgium
- Any thoughts? Email Richard or tweet @rrjparkin
Morning has broken, but mourning continues. No, that’s not quite fair. In truth the reaction to England’s semi-final loss has been notable for it’s even-handedness, reflectiveness and dare we suggest it, even mild positivity, after what was in reality a campaign that largely exceeded expectations. This, within the territory boundaries of England that is; we won’t dwell too much on how the news has been received elsewhere in the “United” Kingdom (and around certain pockets of the globe).
There are no matches today alas, which seems a fair chance to reflect on what has generally been regarded as an excellent World Cup; both on the field and around it, with few major scandals off and some excellent football played on the pitch.