World Cup 2018: Yesterday was not the first time that England have played in a semi-final since 1990

Greg Evans
Thursday 12 July 2018 08:45
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On Wednesday night England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final ending an amazing run for the Three Lions in Russia.

It was the first time England had played in a World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Let's stop that narrative right away.

Although the journey that Gareth Southgate's men took everyone on this summer was unforgettable the stat that England hasn't played in a World Cup semi-final since 1990 is incorrect.

In 2015 England reached the same stage at the Women's World Cup, but unfortunately lost 2-1 to Japan in Edmonton.

Somehow in the build-up to yesterday's game and in the aftermath, everyone managed to forget that small piece of history.

Even the official England Twitter account said the same thing.

We understand that all these instances are merely a reference to the men's game but why should a fact be changed just because of gender.

It's still the same sport, right?

Fortunately, some people have been on hand to correct this error.

To be super picky England also played and won semi-finals at the 2017 under-17 and under-20 World Cups.

This shouldn't detract from anyone's achievements in any of those games but in terms of equality, it's a massive oversight.

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