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Summary

  1. France beat Belgium to reach third World Cup final in 20 years
  2. Build-up to the second semi-final as England face Croatia
  3. Croatia v England (19:00 BST) - BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online
  4. GET INVOLVED: How are you feeling before the big game? #bbcworldcup or text on 81111

Live Reporting

By Ben Collins and Denise Evans

All times stated are UK

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  1. The countdown to kick-off is on

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    That's it from us for today, thank you for tuning in.

    But don't go too far, in fact, Tom Rostance and the Croatia v England live match centre is up and running, and is just one click away, here.

    Bye for now!

  2. Where are you watching the big game?

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    KW: Watching in the air traffic control tower at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Praying no one wants to land or take off for a couple of hours!

    Craig White: Watching at The Reforma Athletic Club in Mexico City. As well as being the home of Mexican cricket, the England World Cup team of 1986 trained and had their base here. They had a game of cricket. Sir Bobby, Gary, and co.

    Richard South: Half day at work so I can watch it in a bar in Port St.Lucie, Florida. Somehow watching it at work (a library) wouldn't be appropriate

  3. How are you feeling?

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    Adam Salter: Waiting for my train at Tonbridge and staff have started playing ‘Three Lions’ over the tannoy system.

    Excellent improvisation skills, Nick

    Home made shirt
  4. England fans have arrived

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    St George's flags already in place at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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    Joe Reid: Watching in Zadar, Croatia home of Modric and co. Wish me luck when celebrating! Been blasting the tunes out all day to soften the Croatian music. Unbelievably excited.

    Chris Parrish: Watching with my family in Roslagen, Sweden. Come on England! Cool heads, brave hearts!

    Bell Stephen: Being half French and half-British, in the event of an England-France final I'll be weeping for joy and sadness whoever wins!

  6. Can Harry Kane make it a winning Wednesday with a goal tonight?

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    The Tottenham striker has scored on six of the seven days of the week for England, with Wednesday the only day he hasn’t scored on.

    Should he score, he’ll become just the third player to score on all seven days of the week for England, after Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

    Harry Kane
  7. 'Southgate is desperate to do well' - Gerrard

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    Former England captain Steven Gerrard, speaking at a Rangers press conference, said:

    "I think he (Gareth Southgate) is someone I’ve always looked up to. As a player when I came into the dressing room he was someone who always put his arm around me and helped me. Myself and Gareth Barry when we went to our first tournament, he was the one who went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable. We were away from our families for a long time and Gareth really took it upon himself – which he didn’t have to - to look after us.

    "I think that’s the guy you’re dealing with, someone who cares immensely about the country, is desperate to do well. He’s much, much further down the line than me in terms of management and coaching. I’m so happy for him at the moment. "

    Gareth Southgate
  8. Man arrested for 'spying' on England camp - Russian media

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    A man was arrested on the outskirts of St Petersburg for spying on behalf of the Croatian team

    A technician for telecommunications provider “Rostelekoma” was taken to a police station by members of the FSB. The man was found on the roof of a building close to the stadium where the English team are training. Portal Fontanka writes that the technician said he wasn’t trying to spy on the English, but was merely taking panoramic photographs. These were deleted at the police station, after which the man was released.

    The semi-final between England and Croatia is taking place tonight in the Luzhniki stadium. (Echo.msk.ru)

    Luzhniki Stadium
  9. Where are you watching the big game?

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    Phil Hurrell: Watching from home in Brazil. My Brazilian family and friends here are all behind England, and they believe we can win today.

    Paul Stuart: Watching at home in Singapore. This sequence of 2am matches is catching up with me!

    Pietro Cardente:Hilltop village near Mount Etna to watch the match. Not moving from in front of the TV even if the volcano erupts.

    We admire your dedication, Pietro

  10. What a view!

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    Howard Nurse

    BBC Sport in Moscow

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  11. Scenes!

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    England fans in Moscow are out in force and in full voice.

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  12. 'England can go one better than Italia '90' - Lineker

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

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    Video caption: Fingers crossed they can reach the World Cup Final - Gary Lineker
  13. Where are you watching the big game?

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    Paul Stairmand: Taking the afternoon off to watch @England at the Senate Tavern in Ottawa, Canada. Expecting a big crowd of England fans. Nervous as hell!

    Lee Gibson: I will be watching in a bar in Warsaw tonight. We getting in early and might be in the minority... they haven’t heard it’s coming home though!!

    Jeremy Kent: I’m in Skövde, Sweden. My (Swedish) wife is learning to drive. I will be watching the game on her dad's sofa. Alone. Anyone close by wants to help share the nerves?

    Go on England fans in Skovde, help a man out...

  14. Fellaini feeling it

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    It was disappointment for Marrouane Fellaini as his Belgium side crashed out of the tournament to France last night.

    But the Manchester United midfielder's World Cup is not over quite yet, as his side play in the third-place play-off on Saturday afternoon.

    If he starts for Belgium, will he be playing England or Croatia?

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  15. How are you feeling?

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    Tom McCarron: I'm so so so so so so nervous... 3 hours to go GULP!

    Reality Check: Every minute of work today seems to take forever with the #ENGCRO countdown and Three Lions on loop in my head.

    Ian Humphreys: Last hour of work, beautiful game playlist blasting out

  16. Post update

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    Hold on, should Gareth Southgate not be in Moscow?

    England fans may be en route to Pula in Croatia via Leeds-Bradford, but there's no doubting where their loyalties will lie at 7pm.

    England fans Croatia
  17. 'England are a force' - Gerrard

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    Former England midfielder and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has liked what he's seen from England so far.

    The ex-Liverpool player told a Rangers press conference: "I’ve been so pleased and happy to watch the players perform. I think they’ve done the country proud. It seems every barrier that they face or every hurdle that gets put in their way they seem to be getting over it and getting over it comfortably.

    "I think tonight will be the biggest test for them. Croatia deserve respect, they’ve got some wonderful players within them, but I do predict an England win. I think the energy, the organisation, the confidence and the feel-good factor at the moment, England are a force and they are capable of going the whole way. I suspect there’s a lot of pressure but England are the dangerous team at the moment."

    Steven Gerrard
  18. Where are you watching the big game?

    #bbcworldcup or text 81111 (UK only)

    Harry Shawyer: Will be watching in Nairobi at a sports bar - hoping for a good balance of English & locals! Come on England now is our time.

    Tony Deane: Watching at home in Toronto and thinking about 1966 when I watched on the TV in black-and-white at my parents home in Erdington, Birmingham.

    Gareth James: I’ve been up for 15 hours and I’ve counted every minute. I’ve even descended to ‘this time’ by the ‘82 squad. In Bangkok. Game kicks off in 4 hours. End this purgatory. ICH

  19. 'Be confident' - Klinsmann

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    Jurgen Klinsmann

    Former Germany head coach on BBC One

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  20. What do the stats say?

    Croatia v England (19:00 BST), BBC Radio 5 live and text commentary online

    • England have only faced Croatia in a major tournament once before, triumphing England won 4-2 in a group stage match at Euro 2004.
    • Croatia have had eight different scorers at the 2018 World Cup – only Belgium have had more different players find the net (9).
    • England have not beaten two European nations in a single World Cup since 1982, when they beat Czechoslovakia and France.
    • England have scored 11 goals at this year’s World Cup, a joint-record along with the 11 they scored in their victorious 1966 tournament.
    • Croatia have only lost one of their six knockout matches at the World Cup, losing to France in the 1998 semi-final.
    Gareth Southgate