Not coming home – yet: England fans stunned to still be in Russia

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Small band of travelling England supporters in Russia look forward to World Cup semi-final

The atmosphere in the Samara Arena for most of Saturday’s quarter-final was strangely flat: this did not feel like a historic moment, at stake for both teams a place in the first semi-final for more than two decades.

After the pulsating ambience of the last-16 game against Colombia on Tuesday, where the Spartak stadium in Moscow was packed with Colombian fans and tickets were hard to come by, Samara by contrast saw several thousand empty seats and just a tiny pocket of a couple of thousand fans from Sweden and England.

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