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England still have slim chance to qualify

England still have slim chance to qualify

RIO DE JANEIRO: England will make World Cup history if they qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches. No team has ever made it out of the first stage after two opening defeats since the model of four-team first round groups playing three matches each was introduced in Sweden in 1958. The most famous occasion of a team advancing from the group stage after a poor opening phase was Italy in 1982 when they failed to win a match, drawing with Poland, Peru and Cameroon, and only progressing because they…