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10 things that didn't exist when England were last in a World Cup semi-final

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Published by Josh Kerr at 7:26am 11th July 2018.

It’s well documented just how historic an occasion England reaching the World Cup semi-final is.

Tonight's (11th July) game against Croatia in Moscow will be just the third time the Three Lions have played in such a fixture and the first since 1990.

A lot has happened over the past 28 years, so here is a look at what's changed since that iconic night all those years ago:

1. Social Media



Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of how the world has changed, these days with the right combination of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram you can pretty much follow the whole tournament without turning the TV on.


2. Flat screen TVs

Cathode Ray Tube TV


On the note of TVs, whilst we're now used to HD, Ultra-HD and 4K, back in 1990 things were very different.

Screens were smaller, tellies were fat and there were only five channels.


3. Vancouver Quarter

king's lynn town centre


It feels like part and parcel of West Norfolk life but the Vancouver Quarter as we know it didn't exist as we know it until 2005 after a big redevelopment.


4. Catchup TV

Catchup TV


Nowadays you can watch and rewatch every kick, flick and trick from the world’s premier football competition.

Back in the 90’s your only option would be to tape it on VHS, but you'd have rewind before you could watch it.


5. England's 2018 World Cup Squad

World Cup


The Three Lions’ squad is one of the youngest at the tournament, so it’s no wonder then that only seven of Gareth Southgate’s 23 man squad were born before that semi-final against West Germany in Turin.


6. Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium


Although Wembley was the home of English football long before 1990, back then England’s home matches happened under the twin towers, rather than the arch.

After a long redevelopment the new Wembley opened in 2007.


7. VAR

Assistant Referee


A bit like catchup TV in a way, VAR (Video Assisted Referee) was introduced for the first time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It’s certainly been a talking point…


8. KLFM!

Simon Rowe

It's shocking isn't it! But KLFM didn't grace West Norfolk's airwaves until 1992. Then it was a few more years before you started listening to this one on your radios...


9. Smartphones



We seem to be addicted to them these days but when Sir Bobby Robson’s team were strutting their stuff at Italia 90, text messaging hadn’t even been invented - let alone the iPhone.


10. Playstation



One of the most successful brand of games consoles in the world, the original Playstation was still more than four years away from hitting the shelves and it's great rival the Xbox didn't arrive in Europe until 2002.

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