England take time to relax after booking place in semi-final

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Massages, video games and dinner with family and friends follow victory over Sweden

England’s history-making footballers enjoyed a day playing video games, getting recovery massages and having a quiet dinner with friends and family as they prepared for a first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

While much of the country enjoyed protracted and drink-fuelled celebrations following England’s quarter-final triumph over Sweden, in Russia the players’ focus turned to their next match against Croatia. Whatever happens, they will still be involved in the tournament until the final weekend, but that game on Wednesday will decide whether their final match will be a play-off for third place or a glittering final at Moscow’s spectacular Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Even the most optimistic observers would have struggled to predict that scenario at the start of this World Cup.

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