England Red Square invasion: 10,000 fans begin flooding into Moscow

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England fans were invading Red Square tonight as they got ready for the biggest football game for a generation.

Around 10,000 supporters are expected the arrive in Moscow over the next 24 hours as Gareth Southgate's men take on Croatia tomorrow night for a place in the final.

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Among the first to arrive were Leeds fans Ryan Rodley, 27, and Jordan Gilmore, 29, who landed in Moscow from Manchester via Helsinki.

Ryan, who runs a scaffolding firm, said: 'We went 1-0 up against Sweden and we were booking our flights which cost £270.

'We - Hotel - Chance - Ticket

'We didn't know what to expect once we got here. We had no hotel and definitely very little chance of a ticket. But we had to hope.'

Jordan added: 'This morning we paid £600 each to some Russian touts outside the official FIFA ticket office.

'We - Ticket - Lines - Nobody - Information

'We didn't want to risk not getting a ticket as the lines were long and nobody was giving out any information. Now we are all in and it's going to be great.'

Jonathan Earlman, 33, another of the group who we're sipping beer on Red Square, added: 'It's going to be 2-0 to England. Once we really are in the World Cup final, we'll sea with the ticket situation. I've heard they are going to be around £2000 each.'

Taxi - Driver - Andrew - Matthews - Manchester

Taxi driver Andrew Matthews, 50, of Manchester travelled with his children James,...
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