England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990 attracts few fans

Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic

The second semi-final between England and Croatia will start at 6am tomorrow.

After France beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday night to book their place in the World Cup final, the attention now turns to the other semi-final as England take on Croatia.

About 30,000 people are expected in London's Hyde Park alone, where a special screening has been organised.

Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play.

England fans warm up for the game.

Many England fans in Moscow are, however, not wearing either white or red.

With talk of England's chances dominating conversations, even politicians and royalty have got in on the act.

Gary Cahill entered the World Cup as England's most capped squad member on 59 and he is not in Southgate's first choice side. The whole country is right behind you tonight.

Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home, " is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than 2 million views on the day of England's last game.

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Belgium continued to throw men forward as they chased an equalising goal but the defence from Les Bleus was standing firm. But standing in their way is Deschamps' France who are looking to venture into their third World Cup final in 20 years.

His younger brother, Prince Harry, was asked whether "football was coming home" while visiting the Irish president, Michael Higgins.

"It was a long time ago, so not too many of us can remember that far back, " said midfielder Jordan Henderson, born in 1990.

"Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure they are going to go on to do well and I wish them all the best of luck tonight", May said.

Croatia are wary of the threat posed by England captain Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals so far, while England will have to close down arguably the best player of this World Cup, Luka Modric.

Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers.

Moscow police estimate between 8,000 to 10,000 England fans may arrive in their city.

Power chiefs would monitor half-time and full-time surges "second by second" and if necessary flick the switch to turn on an instant power station in north Wales dubbed Electric Mountain, they said.

Despite a summer heatwave in England, fans have been urged to wear waistcoats in tribute to those sported by Southgate since the tournament began.

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