Britain turned into ghost town as England stormed to semis

Britain turned into ghost town as England stormed to semis

The BBC said 19.9 million saw the match on BBC One while 3.9 million used iPlayer.

England fans Nigel Holder and Larry McNulty climbed into the cab of their camper van on Sunday and set off for the next leg of their Russia World Cup odyssey, the 20-hour journey to Moscow, venue for their team's semi-final match.

Not in a long time has there been so much support for an England team at a major tournament and clearly the players are thriving from that.

Streets across England were deserted on Saturday afternoon as the nation crammed into sweaty pubs, gathered around big screens or stayed home to watch the national side reach the last four in a World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

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We closed a little bit of the gap to Renault , but the gap more closed on us from behind, so I think that's got to be the goal. When suggested that he was at the head of the charge, Alonso stated, "No, I don't think so".

This group is tighter than previous generations in Southgate's opinion, thanks to bonding in the development teams and an ability to put club rivalries aside. English centre-backs bringing the ball out and playing with the composure from the back that they have.

"I know the fans here are enjoying it", Kane said. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in global soccer.

England midfielder Dele Alli. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen. "I had my doubts about him, I've got to say that, just because he hadn't had a lot of experience in management but he's proven that you can do it the quiet way, he's made the players believe that anything is possible".

Of course, there were some fans who took things a bit too far. The penalty shootout win was the first ever for England at the World Cup. "We weren't really there with a top performance, but, of course, I am proud of what we have done".

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