World Cup semi-final England v Croatia

Millions of England fans are rushing home or to pubs and bars across the country to watch the World Cup semi-final with Croatia as the country comes to a standstill amid all the excitement.

Rhys Masters, from Southbourne, said: "This is the best squad we've had since I've been watching England".

At this rate, London will be flooded with beer if England wins the final.

Before this year's tournament, they had failed to win a knockout tie in any competition since 2006, and will be appearing in their first last-four tie for 28 years.

Though humans have been kicking balls for thousands of years, England prides itself as the originator of soccer as the world knows it today: The modern rules were developed there in the 19th century.

He also said that he would be flying to Russian Federation to watch the final, adding: "I'm just waiting on my visa".

In the end, it was not to be, though amid the disappointment there was also a feeling that the tournament was still something to savour, the first such World Cup for a long time.

"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up? All of my friends are England supporters and, seeing as I'm likely the only Croatian they know, they've all called me out to wish me good luck for the semi-final!" If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team.

And then, not to get ahead of ourselves, but the next big question is, just how many more pints would be sold assuming England makes it into the finals against either France or Belgium, both rival European teams?

Vanessa Coleman