Football’s Eternal Question: Is This Going to be England’s World Cup?

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Football’s Eternal Question: Is This Going to be England’s World Cup?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ngland faced Belgium in a dead rubber at Kaliningrad, in a game that nobody wanted to win. Since the winner of the match would potentially get the tougher draw in the further rounds, both teams made bulk changes to their first XI like it was a Big Bazaar exchange offer sale. Tackles flew thick and fast as inconsequential substitutes collected yellow cards like candies on Halloween. But one man didn’t get the memo, as Adnan Janujaz thumped the ball past Jordan Pickford to give Belgium an unwanted victory.

England will be happy to lose this battle, because they could still win the war.

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