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England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash

12 July 2018

The Croats, who play France on Sunday, fought back to beat England 2-1 after extra time, securing a first World Cup final appearance.

Messages and videos of support have flooded in for the Croatian football team ahead of their crucial World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight.

Waistcoats have been flying out of the shops.

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Some fans have even called for the manager to be knighted after bringing the team so close to glory.

Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko clears a header from England's John Stones off the line during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance.

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There were scenes of heartbreak at the various fan parks across the nation, including at Hyde Park, where 30,000 gathered to watch the big game. The BBPA hasn't put out its predictions for the possibility, though the group has said all of the matches so far have led pub patrons to create an approximately $160 million boost to the United Kingdom economy.

Police have warned fans to behave, listing more than 300 incidents of "significant disorder" that occurred after Saturday's victory over Sweden.

"We want people to celebrate and enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services' resources".

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Roads will empty during the match, the victor of which will face France in Moscow on Sunday. Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation.

England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash