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England have not had more than 3,000 fans at any of their World Cup games so far Credit JULIAN SIMMONDS

England have not been in the semi-finals of the World Cup since 1990 when they lost on penalties to then West Germany.

The victor Wednesday advances to Sunday's final against France.

However, despite his praise for Croatia, Gerrard believes England are a "dangerous" side, and is confident they will set up a World Cup final against France.

Now, this is a massive day for the English team, it's their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

"England are a risky team in this competition". "That's why there haven't been many England fans here", said Mark Jowsey, 46, a butcher from Newcastle.

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

One tour operator has rented a Boeing 777-300ER, the largest airplane to land in Croatia, to carry 457 fans to Moscow on Wednesday, Croatian state news agency HINA said. The whole country is right behind you tonight. He laughed as he replied: "Most definitely". The France '98 semi-finalists will be looking to one of the players of the tournament, Luka Modric, to guide them one step further in Russian Federation.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams".

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"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

Thousands of Croats invaded Manezhnaya Square, near Red Square in Moscow, to show off their impressive flag, which stretched for what looked like almost 100 metres.

This will be England's first meeting with Croatia at a major tournament since the Euro 2004 group stage, when the Three Lions triumphed 4-2.

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.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Monday after the World Cup final to be made a national bank holiday if England win the tournament.

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

According to Ollie Salt of the Daily Star, Jordan Henderson is a doubt for England, who otherwise have no injury or suspension concerns.

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