AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

Among them were father and son Joe and Andrew Settle, from Bolton, who have never travelled away with England but decided they could not miss the chance to see the national side in a World Cup semi-final.

Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

"Well done England you've done us all proud", she said.

Most residents are confident that the Three Lions will beat Croatia and move one step closer to a shot at silverware. "I don't why we always do this, but we always do it to ourselves", he said. "There's a lot of enthusiasm". "I am happy with all my games, but I am here for the team, what can I do, I love games like this, but its all about the team", the goalscorer said, before adding.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began. It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.

But not everyone from Bournemouth will be rooting for Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Officers are now calling on the public to stay out of trouble during and after tonight's game against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm. "I could only dream of playing for my country and scoring one of the most important goals to reach the final", Perisic said. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

Here, Press Association Sport looks at Croatia's route to the showpiece event.

"But now, I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history".

England's fans have taken their time to join the party here as their team conducted their campaign in Volgograd, Nizhny Novogorod, Kaliningrad, Moscow and then Samara.

Football was all set to come home.

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".

"We're estimating eight to 10,000 - it's really hard to tell because when people take direct routes it's obviously easy to count them but people might come by diverse routes, there are quite a lot of expats here and other fans staying out".

After the win against Sweden, Bournemouth experienced a party atmosphere as thousands flooded into the streets.

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