World Cup 2018: countdown begins to final weekend in Russia – live!

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.

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