England fans mobilise in their thousands for key World Cup clash

England fans mobilise in their thousands for key World Cup clash

Crowds gathered in Moscow's center on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in the city.

The civic buildings of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall will also be lit up red and white on both Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to cheer on England, alongside proudly flying a St George's flag.

At the World Cup, England's players have acted as screens to block defenders and give teammates space to attack the ball, as seen in England's opening goal against Panama scored by center back John Stones.

"The improvement and the hunger in the players is very clear for everyone to see".

For so many years, being called up to play for England was an inconvenience to Premier League footballers, not an honour or duty.

England had not reached the final four of the World Cup in 28 years, but are now just two games away from winning only their second major title. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

They beat Denmark in the round of 16 and host Russian Federation in the quarter-finals this year, becoming only the second team with consecutive shootout wins in the same World Cup since Argentina defeated Yugoslavia and Italy in 1990. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.

"Our country's been through some hard moments in terms of unity and football has the power to do that".

CROATIA is going nuts about their team's appearance in the World Cup semi-finals - but one group of fans had particular reason to celebrate during their penalty shootout win over Russian Federation.

"Football's Coming Home, as a song, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

That has also translated into huge support back home in football-mad England.

"It's not the same if you play 90 minutes twice and 120 minutes twice, but I believe we've had ample time to recover and we're professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said. "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".

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