Roads deserted as England fans race home to watch Three Lions in World Cup semi final

ROADS were deserted as England fans geared up for the Three Lions World Cup semi-final – their first in 28 years.

Incredible photos show motorways abandoned during rush hour and city centres transformed into ghost towns.

 Football fans are going home... a deserted A11 near Newmarket, Suffolk

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Football fans are going home… a deserted A11 near Newmarket, Suffolk
England fans go wild in fan park as Kieran Trippier gives England early lead against Croatia in World Cup 2018 semi-final

Across the country cars disappeared from motorways as millions squeezed into homes, parks and pubs to watch history being made.

From Liverpool to London, streets were silenced as Brits took time out of their daily lives to watch the epic clash against Croatia.

England’s quarter final victory against Sweden saw 26million Brits take to their TV screens, mobiles and tablets to see the Lions cruise to a 2-0 win.

Already those watching tonight’s match will have their fandom rewarded – with Kieran Tripper scoring a glorious free kick in the fifth minute in a tense, exhilarating match.

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 Swansea city centre is almost entirely deserted as millions of Brits cram into pubs to watch the historic match

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Swansea city centre is almost entirely deserted as millions of Brits cram into pubs to watch the historic match
 An England fan rides on an unusually empty A59 in Liverpool, Merseyside

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An England fan rides on an unusually empty A59 in Liverpool, Merseyside
 Oxford Circus was almost entirely deserted as football fans joined to live through every moment of the Croatia clash

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Oxford Circus was almost entirely deserted as football fans joined to live through every moment of the Croatia clash
 The M1 motorway is almost deserted as the football World Cup semi final between England and Croatia kicks off in Moscow

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The M1 motorway is almost deserted as the football World Cup semi final between England and Croatia kicks off in Moscow
 Fans explode with excitement in Hyde Park, London, as Kieran Tripper scores the first goal of the match

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Fans explode with excitement in Hyde Park, London, as Kieran Tripper scores the first goal of the match
 The A38 in Birmingham is normally one of the busiest interchanges in Europe - but not tonight

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The A38 in Birmingham is normally one of the busiest interchanges in Europe – but not tonight
 The A477 main road near Broadmoor, South Wales was completely empty during the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia

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The A477 main road near Broadmoor, South Wales was completely empty during the World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia
 An aerial shot shows the A477 completely abandoned

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An aerial shot shows the A477 completely abandoned
 Croatia fans watch the match in Zagreb

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Croatia fans watch the match in Zagreb
 Leicester city centre was abandoned during the nail-biting clash

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Leicester city centre was abandoned during the nail-biting clash
 Streets were deserted in Leicester as Brits battled to keep their hopes up during extra time

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Streets were deserted in Leicester as Brits battled to keep their hopes up during extra time

A photo of Swansea city centre showed a lone cyclist progressing down the street on a Tuesday night – with not a single other soul in sight.

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Meanwhile the normally bustling Oxford Circus was virtually empty at ten to four – prompting food writer Giles Coren to ask on Twitter: “Has everyone home early for some weird reason?”

Elsewhere in Liverpool photos show an almost empty A59 in Liverpool as one fan is spotted carrying an enormous England flag as they progress down the road.

Another incredible snap shows a completely cleared A11 near Newmarket in Suffolk – as fans watching the match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium pray for a second goal.

England and Croatia fans in sing-off in Moscow ahead of World Cup semi-final


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