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World Cup 2018: England take early lead through Kieran Trippier’s free kick against Croatia in semi-final

Supporters go bonkers as the right-back's set piece belter gives Gareth Southgate's the advantage in Moscow semi-final

KIERAN TRIPPER’S superb free-kick has given England a stunning lead in their World Cup semi-final.

As millions up and down the country got set to watch Gareth Southgate’s men in action, the 27-year-old calmed nerves by giving the Three Lions the advantage.

Kieran Trippier's free kick floats over the wall and into the net for an early England lead

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Kieran Trippier’s free kick floats over the wall and into the net for an early England lead

Trippier's beautiful hit against Croatia gives England an early lead

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Trippier’s beautiful hit against Croatia gives England an early lead

Trippier slides in celebration and a nation can scarcely believe it

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Trippier slides in celebration and a nation can scarcely believe it

Fans at a pub in Southgate, London go bonkers as England take an early lead against Croatia

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Fans at a pub in Southgate, London go bonkers as England take an early lead against Croatia

Jordan Pickford leaps into the air after the free kick hits the back of the net

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Jordan Pickford leaps into the air after the free kick hits the back of the net

Supporters at Ye Olde Fighting Cock in St Albans throw their pints into the air after England take the lead

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Supporters at Ye Olde Fighting Cock in St Albans throw their pints into the air after England take the lead

Fans in Hyde Park go wild after the early opening goal

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Fans in Hyde Park go wild after the early opening goal

The emotion is too much for this fan

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The emotion is too much for this fan

England’s players looked cool and calm as they took to the field and used Raheem Sterling’s pace to scare the sluggish Croatians.

London’s Oxford Street is usually buzzing with commuters, but it lies empty and busy roads like the A11 in Suffolk are deserted as commotion builds inside boozers and homes up and down England.

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.

Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are among the Three Lions legends to send their support to Gareth Southgate’s side on social media.

Thousands of England and Croatia fans fill one of Moscow's main boulevards ahead of tonight's World Cup semi-final

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Thousands of England and Croatia fans fill one of Moscow’s main boulevards ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final

England supporters hang from lampposts in the Russian capital as they gear up for the big kick off

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England supporters hang from lampposts in the Russian capital as they gear up for the big kick off

Gary Lineker grabs a selfie with a waistcoat on 28 years after he played in England's last World Cup semi-final

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Gary Lineker grabs a selfie with a waistcoat on 28 years after he played in England’s last World Cup semi-final

England and Croatia fans have brought the colour to Moscow ahead of the World Cup semi-final

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England and Croatia fans have brought the colour to Moscow ahead of the World Cup semi-final

A face-painted England fan enjoys himself ahead of the semi-final

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A face-painted England fan enjoys himself with a beer ahead of the semi-final

Best mates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have a look at the stands in Moscow

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Best mates Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have a look at the stands in Moscow

England shirts, shorts and socks are gathered in the dressing room at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the game

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England shirts, shorts and socks are gathered in the dressing room at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the game

The Luzhniki Stadium gets geared up to host England and Croatia in the World Cup semi-final

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The Luzhniki Stadium gets geared up to host England and Croatia in the World Cup semi-final

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Gareth Southgate looks as cool as ever in his waistcoat ahead of the England clash

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Gareth Southgate looks as cool as ever in his waistcoat ahead of the England clash

Croatia star Luka Modric looks anxious as he has a look around the Luzhniki Stadium

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Croatia star Luka Modric looks anxious as he has a look around the Luzhniki Stadium

Ryan Giggs and Slaven Bilic provide analysis ahead of the World Cup semi-final with ITV host Jacqui Oatley, left

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Ryan Giggs and Slaven Bilic provide analysis ahead of the World Cup semi-final with ITV host Jacqui Oatley, left

It's another stunning evening for it in Brighton as thousands of fans gather in a fan park to cheer on the boys

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It’s another stunning evening for it in Brighton as thousands of fans gather in a fan park to cheer on the boys

Ian Broudie sings 'it's coming home' in Hyde Park 22 years after making the hit song for Euro 96

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Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds play ‘it’s coming home’ in Hyde Park 22 years after making the hit song for Euro 96

Brighton looks stunning in the sunshine as the game gets set to kick off

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Brighton looks stunning in the sunshine as the game gets set to kick off

Becky Vardy takes her seat in the stands after flying in to Moscow

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Becky Vardy takes her seat in the stands after flying in to Moscow

Becky grabs a selfie after taking her seat in the stands

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Becky grabs a selfie after taking her seat in the stands

Jordan Pickford's partner Megan Davison gives the players a wave as she takes her seat in the stands

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Jordan Pickford’s partner Megan Davison gives the players a wave as she takes her seat in the stands

Jack Butland's partner Annabel Peyton looks for her seat near the other wives and girlfriends

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Jack Butland’s partner Annabel Peyton looks for her seat near the other wives and girlfriends

Fern Hawkins tries to spot her partner Harry Maguire on the pitch

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Fern Hawkins tries to spot her partner Harry Maguire on the pitch

One glamourous England fan is all smiles outside the Luzhniki Stadium

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One glamourous England fan is all smiles outside the Luzhniki Stadium

The supporter blows a kiss of good luck for the boys in white

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The supporter blows a kiss of good luck for the boys in white

A Croatia supporter looks happy to be in a World Cup semi-final

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A Croatia supporter looks happy to be in a World Cup semi-final

A leggy Croatia fan dons a patriotic skirt and top outside the Luzhniki

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A leggy Croatia fan dons a patriotic skirt and top outside the Luzhniki

The stunning Croatia fan makes a heart gesture in the stands as the stadium begins to fill up

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The stunning Croatia fan makes a heart gesture in the stands as the stadium begins to fill up

These Croatia supporters look to be enjoying themselves ahead of the World Cup semi

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These Croatia supporters look to be enjoying themselves ahead of the World Cup semi

 

England's biggest fan gets his tattoos out for the fans

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England’s biggest fan gets his tattoos out for the fans

Harry Maguire's girlfriend Fern Hawkins arrives in Moscow for the big game

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Harry Maguire’s girlfriend Fern Hawkins arrives in Moscow for the big game

Fern looks stunning in the white England shirt as she gets behind our boys

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Fern looks stunning in the white England shirt as she gets behind our boys

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England fans soak a Croatian in beer as supporters gather in Moscow's Red Square

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.

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.

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.

Southgate tube station on Londons Piccadilly Line has become a selfie spot for England fans in the capital

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Southgate tube station on London’s Piccadilly Line has become a selfie spot for England fans in the capital

The A11 is almost empty near Newmarket in Suffolk

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The A11 is almost empty near Newmarket in Suffolk

England supporters used more face paint than ever before to show their colours for the World Cup semi-final

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England supporters used more face paint than ever before to show their colours for the World Cup semi-final

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Fans gathered around the Red Square as they eagerly-await England’s first semi-final since 1990

Thousands of England fans have made the trip to Russia to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s side

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Thousands of England fans have made the trip to Russia to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s side

Is football really coming home? These lot certainly seem to think so…

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Is football really coming home? These lot certainly seem to think so…

Prime Minister Theresa May poses with a Croatia shirt alongside her fellow premier Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

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Prime Minister Theresa May poses with a Croatia shirt alongside her fellow premier Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

Within reach... Will this happen for the Three Lions?

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Within reach… Will this happen for the Three Lions?

England fans - whose shirts spell out 'coming home, coming' gather in Red Square ahead of tonight's World Cup semi-final

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Back story…. England fans’ shirts spell out ‘coming home’ gather in Red Square ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final

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England supporters are in good spirits outside the ground

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England supporters are in good spirits outside the ground

Jesse Lingard made a social media mosaic of fans doing his 'JL' gesture that makes up a picture of him doing the same while celebrating scoring for England against Panama

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Jesse Lingard made a social media mosaic of fans doing his ‘JL’ gesture that makes up a picture of him doing the same while celebrating scoring for England against Panama

Bond it like Beckham... England fans wearing face masks of Daniel Craig and David Beckham

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Bond it like Beckham… England fans wearing face masks of Daniel Craig and David Beckham

Well-heeled lionhearts have even stumped up thousands to fly to the game by private jet, aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service revealed yesterday.

A spokesman said: “We’ve received hundreds of phone calls this week from fans trying to get to Russia to see England in the semi-final.

“And a handful of very confident fans have booked for the final itself.

“Private jets and larger aircraft are taking a more than 500 England supporters to Moscow for the semi and 16 so far flying in for the final on Sunday.”

Flying the flag... the fans have been seeing the sights ahead of tonight's showdown

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Flying the flag… the fans have been seeing the sights ahead of tonight’s showdown

They were savouring our best chance in decades to grab football’s greatest prize.

And Southgate’s waistcoat style was at the heart of the soccer party last night as England’s official tailors Marks and Spencer flew in supplies of the £65 suit accessory from London.

The retailer revealed yesterday that its waistcoat sales had doubled since the start of the World Cup thanks to the Southgate effect.

Store bosses launched joined in the Sun fun by launching a #waistcoatwednesday promotion offering £15 off the must-have fan attire on selected styles costing £35 to £65.

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.

England mad Peter Wood, 63, from Bristol, said: “The atmosphere here is the best I’ve experienced at and England game and the Russian have been fantastic.

“I was at our last semi final in Turin where Gazza cried after we lost of penalties to Germany and after 28 long years of heartache following England, I’m back.

“But this time I’m hopeful that we can go one better and all that pain can be put behind us. Come on England!”

Keith Sutton, 63, from Salford, Manchester, said: “It’s our biggest game in a generation and I wasn’t going to miss it.

“The football mania has been incredible back home but it’s just as crazy here.

“Moscow’s really buzzing and confidence is growing that we can get past this last hurdle then beat France and finally bring the World Cup home.”

Game day 👊🏻 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #threelions

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You wouldn't be a fool for gambling on England

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You wouldn’t be a fool for gambling on England

England Supporters band drummer Steve Holmes, from Sheffield, said as he slipped on a £35 M&S version of Southgate charmed garment: “This is just the job.

“The fit is a little snug but I’ll look likely a proper gent as we sail into the World Cup final.

“Gareth is our hero and if we all have his style, we’ll go all the way and bring it home.”

Martyn Olds, 63, who runs a cardboard box firm in Bristol said: “I love this new Southgate look and I’ll be dressed to the nines like this at the game.

“Southgate has been nothing short of a genius after we suffered so long under idiots like McClaren, Capello and Hodgson.

“Gareth not only looks smart, he thinks smart and that’s why we’re going to win the World Cup.”

Fans will screaming their selves hoarse tonight

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Moscow mules… Fans will screaming themselves hoarse tonight

These lads are starting the party early

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These lads are starting the party early will they last?

Retired HR consultant Stuart Mackenzie, 67, from London said: “I’ve never felt smarter – it’s how a true English gentleman should look at a football match.

“This World Cup has been an incredible experience and just keeps getting better and better.

“And now we look the part as well!”

Croatia – led by Real Madrid genius “Lucky” Luca Modric – will be our toughest opponents yet as we battle to meet either France or Belgium in Sunday’s final.

Croatian fans enjoy the fun in Moscow ahead of World Cup semi-final match against England

England have the advantage as Croatia needed two exhausting extra time and penalties knockout games in a row to make the semi.

And thousands of Russians inside Moscow’s 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium are expected to side with England after an insulting gaffe by a Croatian star went viral online.

Defender Domagoj Vida was videoed screaming “glory to Ukraine” with scout Ognjen Vukojevic after his side’s quarter-final penalty shootout success over the hosts.

Russian-backed forces are at war with Ukraine in the east of the country and Vida looks certain to be booed every time he touches the ball tonight.

Vukojevic was sacked, while Vida apologised for the incident.

Tickets for the game were still available for around £650 on the internet on Monday, but the figure was rising by the hour as kick-off time drew closer.

Supporters face a bill of about £3,000 to watch England try to clinch a place in the final.

Millions of nervous football fans will throng the country’s pubs and beer gardens as England prepare for their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Offices across the country will see a mass exodus around 4pm as fans spark an early dash to make it home for tonight’s 7pm kick-off.

One of the biggest fan gatherings will be at London’s Hyde Park where 30,000 are set to watch the action of big screens.

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