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Haiti's crisis rises to the forefront of elections in neighboring Dominican Republic

2024-05-17 11:25 Last Updated At:11:31

VERON, Dominican Republic (AP) — As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, the Dominican Republic will hold elections Sunday that have been defined by calls for more crackdowns on migrants and finishing a border wall dividing the countries.

Politics in the two Caribbean nations sharing the island of Hispaniola have long been intertwined. Haiti’s spiral into chaos in recent years has coincided with a harsh crackdown by its Dominican neighbor.

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A Haitian vendor sells peanuts and candy during rush hour in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

VERON, Dominican Republic (AP) — As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, the Dominican Republic will hold elections Sunday that have been defined by calls for more crackdowns on migrants and finishing a border wall dividing the countries.

A billboard of presidential incumbent candidate Luis Abinader in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A billboard of presidential incumbent candidate Luis Abinader in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Friends and family fuss over a quinceañera in preparation for her photo session at Colon square in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Friends and family fuss over a quinceañera in preparation for her photo session at Colon square in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An art dealer and the paintings he sells are reflected in a storefront window in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An art dealer and the paintings he sells are reflected in a storefront window in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Haitians who earn money as moto-taxi drivers and handymen, wait for customers at the Eight batey in the Bahoruco province, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The Dominican Republic bateyes are settlements of mostly Haitian immigrants and descendents working in the nearby sugarcane plantations. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Haitians who earn money as moto-taxi drivers and handymen, wait for customers at the Eight batey in the Bahoruco province, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The Dominican Republic bateyes are settlements of mostly Haitian immigrants and descendents working in the nearby sugarcane plantations. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials stand on the tailgate step of a paddy wagon as they transport undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials stand on the tailgate step of a paddy wagon as they transport undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024.As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024.As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

FILE - Haitians detained for deportation look out from a police vehicle on a border bridge between Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians detained for deportation look out from a police vehicle on a border bridge between Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians hold up their immigration status documents to prove they have work permits, in Haina, Dominican Republic, March 16, 2024. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians hold up their immigration status documents to prove they have work permits, in Haina, Dominican Republic, March 16, 2024. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - People wait in vain on the Haitian side of the border, to be allowed to cross into Dajabon, Dominican Republic, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - People wait in vain on the Haitian side of the border, to be allowed to cross into Dajabon, Dominican Republic, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 16, 2020. Abinader, the frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race as he seeks reelection, has begun to build a Trump-like border wall along Haiti’s border and carried out mass deportations of 175,000 Haitians just last year. (Orlando Barria/Pool via AP File)

FILE - Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 16, 2020. Abinader, the frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race as he seeks reelection, has begun to build a Trump-like border wall along Haiti’s border and carried out mass deportations of 175,000 Haitians just last year. (Orlando Barria/Pool via AP File)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

President Luis Abinader, a clear frontrunner race as he seeks reelection in the presidential race, has begun to build a Trump-like border wall along Haiti’s border and carried out mass deportations of 175,000 Haitians just last year. Dominicans also will be choosing members of Congress.

“We will continue to deport everyone who is illegal from any country,” Abinader said in a debate in late April. “A society that doesn’t do that is chaos and anarchy.”

Abinader, who has also pledged to strengthen the nation’s economy, said he would finish construction of the border wall with Haiti. His closest competitors – former President Leonel Fernández and Santiago Mayor Abel Martínez – have echoed his calls to ramp up the actions against migration.

The crackdown has marked an intensification of longtime policies by the Dominican government that human rights groups have alleged are discriminatory and put vulnerable people at risk.

Fernández, of the People’s Force party, said Dominicans were “afraid to go out into the streets" despite Abinader's policies. He also said he would continue crackdowns while respecting human rights.

Dominican voters seem to be rewarding Abinader for the crackdown, with the incumbent favored to get more than the 50% support needed to win in the first round of voting. If no candidate reaches the 50% mark a runoff between the top vote-getters would be held.

Ana Pagán, a 34-year-old supervisor at a communications company in the country's capital of Santo Domingo, said she approved of the border wall being built and the measures taken by the government.

“No foreigner who wants to stay here in the Dominican Republic should do so illegally, and that's what (the government) has said," she said.

However, Pagán said the wall doesn't solve all of the country's issues, and she referred to what have been the other key electoral issues for Dominicans: crime and endemic corruption. Pagán said many of the country's security problems come from corrupt officials allowing smuggling and other crimes.

While Dominican voters want continued a government crackdown on migrants, many of the hundreds of thousands of Haitians in the Dominican Republic live in fear.

Haiti, long stricken by tragedy, has been in a downward spiral since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021. Gangs have warred for power, injecting terror and turmoil into the lives of many in the Caribbean nation.

In recent weeks – following the prime minister's resignation – a transition council tasked with choosing Haiti's new leaders has offered a small dose of hope of easing some of the country's many woes.

The ongoing violence has forced many to flee their homes and seek refuge in places like the Dominican Republic and the United States. The Dominican government's policies have stirred concerns among both newly arrived migrants and Haitians that have long called the Dominican Republic home.

Yani Rimpel, a 35-year-old Haitian businesswoman in the eastern city of Veron, has lived in the country for 20 years. She told the AP she’s never seen such uncertainty among Haitian communities, something she attributes to Abinader’s migratory policy.

Two weeks ago, she said immigration agents broke into her house at dawn with heavily armed soldiers in tow. She said they searched the house and stole cash she saved up to buy and sell merchandise, leaving her without any means to support herself.

“If (Abinader) stays in power, I can’t live here. I’m going to have to move back to my house in Haiti. Because here I have no value. I’m not safe. I don’t have a way to live here if he continues” as president, she said.

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Megan Janetsky reported from Mexico City.

A Haitian vendor sells peanuts and candy during rush hour in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A Haitian vendor sells peanuts and candy during rush hour in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A billboard of presidential incumbent candidate Luis Abinader in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

A billboard of presidential incumbent candidate Luis Abinader in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. Dominican Republic will hold general elections on May 19. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Friends and family fuss over a quinceañera in preparation for her photo session at Colon square in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Friends and family fuss over a quinceañera in preparation for her photo session at Colon square in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An art dealer and the paintings he sells are reflected in a storefront window in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

An art dealer and the paintings he sells are reflected in a storefront window in the Zona Colonial neighborhood of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Dominicans head to the polls on Sunday, May 19th to elect a new president and members of their Congress. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Haitians who earn money as moto-taxi drivers and handymen, wait for customers at the Eight batey in the Bahoruco province, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The Dominican Republic bateyes are settlements of mostly Haitian immigrants and descendents working in the nearby sugarcane plantations. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Haitians who earn money as moto-taxi drivers and handymen, wait for customers at the Eight batey in the Bahoruco province, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. The Dominican Republic bateyes are settlements of mostly Haitian immigrants and descendents working in the nearby sugarcane plantations. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials stand on the tailgate step of a paddy wagon as they transport undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials stand on the tailgate step of a paddy wagon as they transport undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024.As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024.As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

FILE - Haitians detained for deportation look out from a police vehicle on a border bridge between Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians detained for deportation look out from a police vehicle on a border bridge between Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians hold up their immigration status documents to prove they have work permits, in Haina, Dominican Republic, March 16, 2024. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Haitians hold up their immigration status documents to prove they have work permits, in Haina, Dominican Republic, March 16, 2024. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - People wait in vain on the Haitian side of the border, to be allowed to cross into Dajabon, Dominican Republic, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - People wait in vain on the Haitian side of the border, to be allowed to cross into Dajabon, Dominican Republic, Oct. 11, 2023. Dominican Republic’s election on Sunday, May 19, 2024 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Ricardo Hernandez, File)

FILE - Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 16, 2020. Abinader, the frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race as he seeks reelection, has begun to build a Trump-like border wall along Haiti’s border and carried out mass deportations of 175,000 Haitians just last year. (Orlando Barria/Pool via AP File)

FILE - Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader speaks during his swearing-in ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug. 16, 2020. Abinader, the frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race as he seeks reelection, has begun to build a Trump-like border wall along Haiti’s border and carried out mass deportations of 175,000 Haitians just last year. (Orlando Barria/Pool via AP File)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Migration officials detain undocumented Haitians in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, May 16, 2024. As soaring violence and political turmoil grip neighboring Haiti, Dominican Republic’s election on May 19 has been defined by calls for more migratory crackdowns and finishing a border wall dividing the countries. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

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England coach Southgate targeted after 0-0 draw with Slovenia at Euro 2024

2024-06-26 06:46 Last Updated At:06:51

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Top of the group, unbeaten and on the favorable side of the draw for the knockout phase of Euro 2024. It’s a case of job done for England.

Try telling that to the fans who jeered loudly and threw beer cups as the final whistle blew on a 0-0 draw with Slovenia at Cologne Stadium on Tuesday.

Criticism of England's performances in Germany has been fierce.

“I’ve not seen any team qualify and receive similar,” manager Gareth Southgate said.

He believes he and his England team could be paying the price for its success under his leadership. And safe passage through to the round of 16 maintains his personal record of advancing from the group stage of every major tournament he's taken charge of, dating back to the World Cup in 2018.

“I think probably expectation (is different). We’ve made England over the last six or seven years fun again. I think it has been enjoyable for the players,” Southgate said. “We’ve got to be very, very careful that it stays that way.”

England hasn't been fun to watch at these Euros with a 1-0 win against Serbia its only victory in Group C. That was followed by a 1-1 draw with Denmark and the 0-0 with Slovenia.

Its performance against Denmark was so uninspired that former captain and now BBC presenter Gary Lineker used an expletive to describe it. And Southgate's team will likely need a sharp upturn in form if it is to live up to its pre-tournament billing as one of the favorites to be crowned European champion.

Still, it can look forward to the knock out phase with a certain degree of optimism having ended up on the opposite side of the draw to Spain, France, Germany and Portugal after advancing as group winner.

“That was the aim before the start of the tournament. Come top of the group and control our destiny,” captain Harry Kane said. “I thought we played a lot better than the other two games. We just couldn’t find that final finish.”

The result also saw Slovenia reach the round of 16 for the first time and Croatia was eliminated.

“We are such a small country, with such a big heart and mental strength. That’s why I'm very proud of my team,” coach Matjaz Kek said. “This is only the beginning for a new and beautiful era for Slovenian football.”

While it was a proud night for Slovenians, it was another performance that highlighted England's problems.

In a game of few chances, substitute Cole Palmer could have sealed the win in stoppage time, but his shot was saved by Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Again England looked short of ideas and could have gone behind early on when Benjamin Sesko had a free header from inside the box.

Bukayo Saka had a first-half goal ruled out for offside and other than Palmer's late chance, England rarely looked like finding a winner.

“You can’t go into every game with such pressure and score four goals. Football doesn’t work like that," Southgate said. "It is important to win the group to control your own destiny.”

A masked Kylian Mbappé scored his first goal of the Euros, but France drew 1-1 with Poland to finish runner-up in Group D behind Austria, which beat the Netherlands 3-2.

Mbappé wore a protective mask after breaking his nose in France’s opening game against Austria and scored from the penalty spot. But Robert Lewandowski’s twice-taken spot kick gave already eliminated Poland its first point of the tournament.

James Robson is at https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson

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England's Bukayo Saka reacts after his goal was disallowed during a Group C match between England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

England's Bukayo Saka reacts after his goal was disallowed during a Group C match between England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

England's Harry Kane challenges for the ball with Slovenia's Jaka Bijol during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

England's Harry Kane challenges for the ball with Slovenia's Jaka Bijol during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

England team members congratulate each other after a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

England team members congratulate each other after a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

England's coach Gareth Southgate reacts at the end of a Group C match against Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

England's coach Gareth Southgate reacts at the end of a Group C match against Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

England's Jude Bellingham reacts at the end of a Group C match against Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

England's Jude Bellingham reacts at the end of a Group C match against Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Slovenia's Andraz Sporar, right, is fouled by England's Marc Guehi during a Group C match at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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England's Jude Bellingham looks on during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

England's Jude Bellingham looks on during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

England's Harry Kane, left, runs with the ball ahead Slovenia's Benjamin Sesko during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

England's Harry Kane, left, runs with the ball ahead Slovenia's Benjamin Sesko during a Group C match between the England and Slovenia at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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