1. England fans warned against 'senseless behaviour' ahead of World Cup semi-final
According to a report by SkyNews, England fans have been warned against alcohol-fuelled "senseless behaviour" ahead of the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Police dealt with 387 incidents and were inundated with 999 calls after England's quarter-final victory against Sweden on Saturday.
The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said there had been 1,086 football-related incidents since the tournament began, with 226 incidents related to domestic abuse and 230 arrests being made.
Officers have warned that policing during the matches is putting them under pressure, as they also have to prepare for the protests that have been organised ahead of Donald Trump's visit on Thursday.
Metropolitan Police had to deal with an ambulance car being smashed up after fans jumped on it near London Bridge on Saturday, while a man jumped off a double-decker bus and smashed through the roof of a bus shelter in Clapham.
2. Mbappe misses France training ahead of World Cup semi-final
A news reported by TheWorldGame mentioned France forward Kylian Mbappe did not take part in training on the eve of their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final against Belgium.
Paris Saint-Germain teenager Mbappe has been one of the stars of the tournament in Russia, scoring three times, including a brace to crown a destructive showing against Argentina in the round of 16.
Head coach Didier Deschamps told a pre-match news conference before training that he expected to have a full squad available to face Roberto Martinez's men and explained players had been rested from recent sessions as a precaution.
3. Croatia sack assistant ahead of World Cup semi-final with England
Croatia have dismissed their assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic after the former international published a politically provocative video on social media following his side's penalty shootout win over Russia on Saturday.
Vukojevic recorded a video with defender Domagoj Vida after the game in which both men dedicated Croatia’s victory to Ukraine.
Ukraine are engaged in a political conflict with Russia that centres over the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation, which sparked conflict in eastern Ukraine.
4. Goal-fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semi-final
Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals.
There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for France in the third-place match in 1986. That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight international friendlies since.
Belgium won two of those, including the last one: an exhibition three years ago at Stade de France when the Belgians took a three-goal lead five minutes into second half and held on to win 4-3.
5. England’s record in all-white kit
England will revert to an all-white strip for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday. Having worn all red for the wins over Tunisia, Colombia and Sweden, the Three Lions will be decked out in their traditional white for the last four clash at the Luzhniki Stadium. As the designated home team, Croatia would normally have free-reign over which kit they could wear. But Fifa have ordered them to again stick with their changed strip of blue and black due to their home shirt clashing with both of strips available to England. The same issue arose for the round of 16 match against Denmark. Croatia’s black shorts and socks means England will be entirely decked in white in the Russian capital.
Article by MF Bahar
10 July 2018, 12:30PM