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England vs Croatia – roads and rail packed as thousands race to get home in time for World Cup semi-final

ANGRY commuters were forced to miss part of England's match against Croatia tonight as they faced delays

FOOTIE fans have been left furious as they were hit with travel chaos as they tried to get home in time for England’s clash with Croatia tonight.

Many even warned they would miss the start of tonight’s World Cup match as trains across a number of services were delayed.

Thousands of commuters hit travel chaos as they tried to get home to see England play Croatia

Thousands of commuters hit travel chaos as they tried to get home to see England play Croatia

Services across Great Northern, Southern Rail, East Midlands Trains and Thames Link were all hit with delays.

And as commuters took to social media to complain, Southern railway explained there was a “shortage of available train crew”.

But the explanation didn’t do much to placate travellers.

One took to Twitter, writing: “I hope football does a better job coming home tonight than I am! Strangely, no drivers available to run the trains”.

One footie fan said he was furious over the delays

One footie fan said he was furious over the delays

Other footie fans took to social media to share their frustrations, with one writing: “The fact that Southern rail are gonna make me miss most of the first half of the England game is not sitting well with me.”

Another added: “What’s that? Where was I during the historical semi-final England game? Waiting for the useless Southern Rail f***tards to get me home.”

A third tweeted: “Shame on you Southern Rail for the train cancellations this evening leaving people stuck and unable to get home for the football.

“It’s a disgrace when everyone is uniting for England and you lot have to ruin it”.

More than 37million people are expected to watch Gareth Southgate’s men face Croatia at 7pm.

Some commuters were able to breathe a sigh of relief when tonight’s Piccadilly Tube strike was cancelled.

Drivers had initially planned on walking out just before 9pm – leaving many footie fans stranded.

However, just hours before, TfL confirmed the strike had been cancelled.

In a show of solidarity with footie fans, Virgin Trains have lifted ticket restrictions – including Advance, Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak – on their services tonight.

In a Tweet, the train service told its passengers: “IT’S COMING HOME… and so should you!

“We’ve lifted ALL ticket restrictions* on our services so you can get home in time for tonight’s game.”

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