England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash

Apart from England the UK is supporting ‘Anyone but England’ in the World Cup

Apart from England the UK is supporting ‘Anyone but England’ in the World Cup

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday. His first goal for England.

Southgate - whose stock has risen as England have impressed in Russian Federation - has been wearing a trademark waistcoat throughout the World Cup.

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

Excitement is nearing fever pitch ahead of the clash with Croatia in Moscow.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Croatia stunned England in the 109th minute of the first extra time period when Mario Mandzukic slipped behind the defense and poked a shot past the keeper to put his team up 2-1 for good.


Football-watching in the United Kingdom often goes hand-in-hand with drinking, and pub landlords are getting excited ahead of the match.

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

"This is in stark contrast to the fans out in Russian Federation, whose behavior, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great", said Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Football Policing.

The winners of Wednesday's game will face France in the final at 1500 GMT on Sunday.

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