There's no British state representative in the VIP box for England's first World Cup semifinal in 28 years.

The British government and royal family have boycotted the tournament, but FIFA has announced previously that England games in Russia have been attended by the ambassador or deputy ambassador.

Since England's quarterfinal win over Sweden on Saturday, a British woman died after being poisoned by a nerve agent.

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The British police said it's the same substance used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain in March. The British government blamed the Skripal poisoning on Russia, which denies any involvement.

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson quit Monday over a dispute on Britain's policy for leaving the European Union.

Croatia is represented at the game by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, according to a guest list issued by FIFA.