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England’s World Cup Diary – Monday, July 2

The latest from the England camp in Russia ahead of their last-16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday evening.

Gareth Southgate has done much to foster a strong spirit among his squad and that has included games of kabaddi during training.

The squad demonstrated this as they split into smaller groups to play the Asian sport during the 15 minutes of Monday’s training session that were open to the media.

And it seems that some players have developed quite an enthusiasm for it, if Jamie Vardy’s defensive moves are anything to go by.

Vardy reacted quickly after Danny Rose attempted a raid, catching the Tottenham left-back round the neck and unceremoniously dumping him on his back.

Rose, however, might have been expecting some sort of bump. It was his 28th birthday after all.

Picture of the day

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Vardy dumps birthday boy Rose on the ground during a game of kabaddi at the team’s training base (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Quote of the day

He is buying his wife curries to speed the process! Gareth Southgate

The England manager offers an update on Fabian Delph, who has returned home to be with his expectant wife.

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What’s on tomorrow

England face Colombia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 7pm (BST)

Three Lions throwback

An England side featuring Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and Stan Mortensen bowed out of the 1950 World Cup in Brazil with a 1-0 loss to Spain in their final group game in Rio.

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