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Three Lions' lack of bite from the bench could scupper hopes

The England fans who thronged the Kaliningrad Stadium on Thursday were in buoyant mood, belting out "Football's coming home" in the boxy and compact 35,000-seater before kick-off.

After the game, they could barely believe they travelled all the way to this Russian enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania to watch a friendly kickabout which Belgium won 1-0.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Three Lions' lack of bite from the bench could scupper hopes'. Print Edition | Subscribe