It has been a case of expect the unexpected for some of the favourites of the World Cup so far, with heavyweights Brazil, Spain and Germany all failing to get off to a winning start in Russia. Followers of the Three Lions will have breathed a sigh of relief, however, as captain and star striker Harry Kane headed England to three points against Tunisia.
The Netherlands didn’t make it. Italy - four-time winners - fell in qualifying. Chile and Alexis Sanchez won’t be on the plane to Russia, and the USA failed to qualify for the first time since 1990.
Arsenal and Manchester City lock horns at Wembley on Sunday afternoon for the first major piece of silverware of the season.
Only four teams are left in contention for the season’s first major piece of domestic silverware, and they will all be looking to take a giant stride towards Wembley when the semi-final first legs take place this week.
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