ENGLAND’s World Cup semi-final party is well underway in Moscow, as millions back home have ditched work to pack out pubs and bars.
A nation is holding its breath ahead of the Three Lions’ biggest match since reaching the semi-finals of Italia 90 – and patriotic supporters are flying St Geroge’s flags on cars and homes.
Reuters Thousands of England and Croatia fans fill one of Moscow’s main boulevards ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final
Reuters England supporters hang from lampposts in the Russian capital as they gear up for the big kick off
Rex Features England shirts, shorts and socks are gathered in the dressing room at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the game
Getty Images – Getty The Luzhniki Stadium gets geared up to host England and Croatia in the World Cup semi-final
London’s usually busy Oxford Street is empty and motorways are expected to be empty, while commotion builds inside and outside boozers up and down the country.
Jamie Vardy’s wife Becky and Harry Maguire’s partner Fern Hawkins could be seen strolling into town as they joined thousands of beer-swigging football fans in the Russian capital.
Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are among the Three Lions legends to send their support to Gareth Southgate’s side on social media.
A surge of 10,000 supporters more than doubled backing for Southgate’s young Lions overnight gearing up for the biggest game in a generation.
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Darren Fletcher – The Sun Harry Maguire’s girlfriend Fern Hawkins arrives in Moscow for the big game
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England fans soak a Croatian in beer as supporters gather in Moscow’s Red Square
Fans gathered around the Red Square as they eagerly-await England’s first semi-final since 1990
AFP or licensors Thousands of England fans have made the trip to Russia to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s side
Reuters Is football really coming home? These lot certainly seem to think so…
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Getty Images – Getty Back story…. England fans’ shirts spell out ‘coming home’ gather in Red Square ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final
AFP or licensors The party certainly won’t stop should England reach the final
EPA It wasn’t just England supporters that were in a joyous mood ahead of the match