England fans gather in Moscow to soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere

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Thousands of England fans have hit the streets of Moscow ahead of tonight’s crunch semi-final clash with Croatia.

Around 10,000 Three Lions supporters are expected to be in the Russian capital to soak up the atmosphere before the match at the Luzhniki Stadium.

It will be the first time an England side has contested a last-four knockout game at a World Cup since Bobby Robson’s boys were left heartbroken at Italia 90.

Victory over Croatia would send them into the final as hopes of a repeat of the historic 1966 triumph rise.

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The fans are determined to enjoy every moment of the occasion on Wednesday and some have been spotted wearing waistcoats in tribute to manager Gareth Southgate.

Red Square is awash with England shirts and flags in the build-up to the country’s biggest game in 28 years.

Some supporters have even been pictured wearing, with the likes of Del Boy and Rodney, David Beckham and James Bond characters all posing for pictures.

<p>Englands flags proudly on display. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Englands flags proudly on display.

<p>England fans pose for a photo with a Russian fan, right, at a bar in Red Square – complete with inflatable Spitfires. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

England fans pose for a photo with a Russian fan, right, at a bar in Red Square – complete with inflatable Spitfires.

<p>England fans gather in Nikolskaya street near the Red Square in Moscow. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

England fans gather in Nikolskaya street near the Red Square in Moscow.

<p>Plenty of beers have been consumed in the hours before kick-off. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Plenty of beers have been consumed in the hours before kick-off.

<p>Could this trophy really be coming home this Sunday? </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Could this trophy really be coming home this Sunday?

<p>Hats off to Southgate’s team in Russia. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Hats off to Southgate’s team in Russia.

<p>Fans are enjoying every minute of what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Fans are enjoying every minute of what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

<p>Rodney and Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Rodney and Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.

<p>Daniel Craig and David Beckham masks in Red Square. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Daniel Craig and David Beckham masks in Red Square.

<p>Keepy-uppies with a view! </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Keepy-uppies with a view!

<p>Retro shirts were on display. </p>
England fans soak up the World Cup semi-final atmosphere in Moscow.

Retro shirts were on display.

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