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There are no World Cup games on. What are you going to do?

After 48 games in 15 days, the group stage is over and real life may intrude. Although there are ways round it …

It’s the morning after the night before, and as you gradually wake up, a jarring and worrying thought occurs to you. There’s no football. You draw a deep breath. There’s. No. Football. After 48 games in 15 days, the World Cup group stage is over. How the hell are you going to fill your day now?

We are told that checking a phone first thing in the morning isn’t good for bleary eyes, but can technology really be bad if it’s being used to check the status of Marouane Fellaini’s contract? Or to see if Jack Grealish has expressed a desire to play Premier League football? There may even be breaking news on Nabil Fekir’s knee ligaments. It’s easy to forget that without the World Cup, a protracted saga about Antoine Griezmann’s release clause would be forced to provide the excitement of the entire group stage.

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