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Stadiums set to screen England’s World Cup semi-final

Bristol’s Ashton Gate will showcase what it claims is the largest World Cup fan zone in the country tonight as Gareth Southgate’s side prepares for England’s biggest football match in 28 years.

England take on Croatia in Moscow for a place in the World Cup final and fans across the country are set to gather to witness what could be a historic night.

The fan zone at Ashton Gate will open at 5pm tonight ahead of the 7pm kick-off, with all tickets having sold out – although a VIP hospitality package does remain available. Some 5,500 tickets have been sold.

The hospitality package will see fans receive a welcome drink on arrival, two-course meal, half-time refreshments, private bar access and multiple screens to watch the game on. Tickets cost £40.

Meanwhile, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium will also open its doors to season ticket holders with a screening of the match at the 1884 Sports Bar. Three hundred tickets have been made available at a price of £5.

Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy are part of the England squad out in Russia, with Maguire scoring the first in the Three Lions’ 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday.

The big match will also be screened at The O2 during Justin Timberlake’s gig at the London venue this evening. Doors open at 6.30pm ahead of the kick-off at 7pm.

Free screenings will also be held at London’s Hyde Park, Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl and the Pier Head in Liverpool.

Should England beat Croatia tonight they will meet France in Sunday’s final, after Didier Deschamps’ side beat Belgium 1-0 last night. England have not reached the final since 1966.

Image: Кирилл Венедиктов