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Excitement and nerves hit Kent football fans hours before England's World Cup semi-final

By Sean McPolin

Excitement is brewing across Kent as people get ready to watch England in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

Gareth Southgate's young Lions take on Croatia tonight at 7pm, in a bid to book their place in their first World Cup final since the 1966 triumph.

With a few hours to go, the people of Kent have taken to social media to fuel the build-up to the Big Game.

England v Sweden World Cup Quarter Finals Fans (2990575)
England v Sweden World Cup Quarter Finals Fans (2990575)

Fans are getting behind the young team and showing their patriotism in several ways.

In Maidstone Road, Rainham, even the roundabouts are feeling the spirit...

Roundabouts in Maidstone Road, Rainham, have had the St Georges flag painted on. Picture: Jack Paton. (2989980)
Roundabouts in Maidstone Road, Rainham, have had the St Georges flag painted on. Picture: Jack Paton. (2989980)

Mike Moyes, from Hartley, said on Twitter: "It's just the small matter of the next 12 hours, then it's time!"

Jack Jeffery, from Gravesend, had similar feelings of excitement, as England are on the brink of a World Cup final.

Despite nerves mounting, fans made sure they were supporting our boys.

Debra Agger said no matter what the result tonight, the team have made England proud.

And there's some sage advice from the Kent Police roads unit...

Football has completely taken over the country and county, from Harry Kane lookalikes to the remake of one of Englands greatest songs, Vindaloo.

World Cup fever has affected everyone, and a familar face was in Lyesdown Maidstone.

A Gareth Southgate billboard has appeared in Leybourne. Picture: Bob Ulph (2957770) (2991388)
A Gareth Southgate billboard has appeared in Leybourne. Picture: Bob Ulph (2957770) (2991388)

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