England - Croatia: the main defender of "Dnepr" may miss the match

Harry Kane of England is the leading scorer at the World Cup

28 years for England, 20 for Croatia.

The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of "Thank you".

"This looks like a nation with a newfound sense of footballing confidence - and expectations for the future", said Challands. In England's class of 2018, free kicks, corners and wide crosses are mostly provided by England's wing backs, Young and Kieran Trippier, and they are proving tough to defend.

Reading Buses has joined the party by decorating one of its buses with a huge St George's Cross and the hashtag #Itscominghome ahead of the Croatia game.

"If we had England's money, who knows where we'd be in our country?"

Those three words, from the anthem Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) by Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, have become the mantra of the travelling support. England have reached the final only once, back in the year 1966, when they lifted the trophy beating West Germany 4-2.

And Maria Karlova, from Sevastopol in Russia-annexed Crimea, said it was a powerful "unreal" match. We could have been eliminated against Denmark [in the round-of-16 tie they won on penalties].

"And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads". "We are happy to share this festival with you", he said.

Such is the interest in England´s first World Cup semi-final since 1990 that the system crashed when London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced 30,000 free tickets would be made available to watch the game in Hyde Park via a ballot. "The Local Organising Committee is happy with the way things have gone so far", the 46-year-old said in Moscow in the company of Colin Smith, Fifa's chief tournament and events officer.

"I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means". The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw.

"If they stopped you from watching the match, I am sure you would have something to say about it", they wrote.

That's reflected in the betting because, while most of the money wagered on back bets in the victor market is behind France, the majority of bets have been put on England lifting the trophy in Moscow next Sunday.

"For England to beat Croatia and reach the World Cup final, they must stop the best midfielder in the world", Jenas told BBC Sport.