World Cup 2018: Thousands of England fans kick off semi-final party in Moscow as millions back home rush to bars for biggest match of their lifetime

The Sun | 7/11/2018 | Staff
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ENGLAND’s World Cup semi-final party is well underway in Moscow, as millions back home have ditched work to pack out pubs and bars.

A nation is holding its breath ahead of the Three Lions' biggest match since reaching the semi-finals of Italia 90 – and patriotic supporters are flying St Geroge's flags on cars and homes.

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London's usually busy Oxford Street is empty and motorways are expected to be empty, while commotion builds inside and outside boozers up and down the country.

Jamie Vardy's wife Becky and Harry Maguire's partner Fern Hawkins could be seen strolling into town as they joined thousands of beer-swigging football fans in the Russian capital.

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A surge of 10,000 supporters more than doubled backing for Southgate’s young Lions overnight gearing up for the biggest game in a generation.

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Fans in England colours and Southgate-style waistcoats danced congas on the smart shopping street leading into the Red Square.

It was by far the biggest Three Lions party of Russia 2018 - and will get even bigger if the first England team since 1966 reaches Sunday’s World Cup Final against France.

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As few as 2,000 England fans have cheered on the team in Russia at previous games after being deterred by high costs and Russian Ultra yob fears.

But thousands have now thrown caution - and their wallets - to the wind in the hope of watching our first World Cup semi-final since Gazza's tears game at Italia 90.

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