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Heartbreak as England crash out of World Cup

By KentOnline reporter

England fans across Kent are out in force as England take on Croatia in the World Cup.

It is the nation's first semi-final in the tournament since 1990, when the Three Lions lost to West Germany on penalties.

Life was completely different back then, with Margaret Thatcher still Prime Minister and the first web browser just being launched.

Fans gearing up for the match outside the Portobello Inn in West Kingsdown
Fans gearing up for the match outside the Portobello Inn in West Kingsdown

*****Check out our live updates of the build-up to the game and how it all unfolded*****

Kent's roads are expected to be almost deserted throughout the match.

Supporters should count themselves lucky they are not among those who have to work during the big game.

And school children have been sending their adorable good luck messages to their favourite players.

After match reaction

Thanks for reading, safe journey home

Flares have been set off in Maidstone
Flares have been set off in Maidstone

Wayne Rooney: "Gutted. Massive well done to all the lads who have done us all proud, keep your heads held high.

"This is a great young team with a big big future."

Reports of flares being set off in Maidstone town centre... stay safe everyone

Hundreds of fans in Jubilee Square, Maidstone, defiantly chanting songs despite England's loss
Hundreds of fans in Jubilee Square, Maidstone, defiantly chanting songs despite England's loss

9.35pm

The dream is over England lose 1-2 after a valiant effort.

9.25pm

C'mon lads you can still do it...

Picture: @England
Picture: @England

9.22pm

Nooooooo. Croatia score.

9.20pm

9.15pm

Extra time half-time score 1-1. This one might be going all the way

Is it going to be penalties again?!
Is it going to be penalties again?!

8.55pm

Extra time underway - time to make history

8.51pm

Full-time score 1-1. We're going into extra time, and maybe penalties...

8.38pm

Unfortunately this little girl's prediction didn't come true - but there's still time!

Ziva Burrows, six predicts a 2-0 win for England during the first half
Ziva Burrows, six predicts a 2-0 win for England during the first half

8.34pm

We're hanging on a bit at the moment and nerves are starting to fray

The tension is building
The tension is building

8.29pm

8.25pm

Disaster. It's 1-1.

8.20pm

This young fan probably thinks we it's normal for England to be in the semi finals! Picture: Sharna Bye
This young fan probably thinks we it's normal for England to be in the semi finals! Picture: Sharna Bye

8.10pm

Tonight's official attendance is 78,011

8pm

We're back underway for the second half... let's hope there are more scenes like this in Kent

Scenes of joy in Maidstone as England take the lead
Scenes of joy in Maidstone as England take the lead
England fans are in full voice at The Source Bar in Maidstone
England fans are in full voice at The Source Bar in Maidstone

7.55pm

7.45pm

Half-time: England 1 Croatia 0 (weโ€™re potentially just 45 minutes from the World Cup final!)

Graham and Simon Kerr have made a roaring trade in selling flags
Graham and Simon Kerr have made a roaring trade in selling flags

7.35pm

You have to have all bases covered...

7.25pm

Lisa Hayes and Dave Burdett watching the game
Lisa Hayes and Dave Burdett watching the game

7.20pm

7.15pm

Scenes like this will be taking place across Kent

Fans at The Cricketers in Sturdee Avenue, Gillingham. Picture: Chris Davey
Fans at The Cricketers in Sturdee Avenue, Gillingham. Picture: Chris Davey

7.05pm

GOAL FOR ENGLAND!

6.55pm

Excitement as kick off nears outside The Source Bar in Maidstone. Picture: Paul Amos
Excitement as kick off nears outside The Source Bar in Maidstone. Picture: Paul Amos

6.40pm

6.20pm

The teams have been announced

6pm

Karen Burrows ready to enjoy the action
Karen Burrows ready to enjoy the action

5.50pm

5.30pm

Kent Police showing they have a sense of humour

5.20pm

5.10pm

Kick-off is fast approaching as England football fans look forward to their first semi final for 10,234 days

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