England World Cup excitement hits fever pitch as nation gears up for Croatia semi-final

It has also topped the unofficial Vodafone Big Top 40 chart, 22 years after its release ahead of Euro 96.

Rush to book flights

Headers from Leicester City defender Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Dele Alli gave England victory over Sweden and sparked a scramble for last-minute plane tickets to Russia.

Searches for flights from London to Moscow rose by 654 per cent, in day on day searches, after England’s quarter-final victory and by 20 per cent the next day, according to lastminute.com.

Saturday and then Sunday were the largest booking days for London-Moscow all year, the booking website added.

“England’s success has surprised and delighted the country and as we’ve progressed through the competition football fans have really begun to dream that 2018 could be our year,” said Reigo Eljas, Country Director UK & Ireland at lastminute.com.

“After each game we’ve seen rises in flight searches to Moscow, and confidence was clearly high after we beat Sweden with the most searches we’ve seen to date.

“The last semi-final was in 1990 so fans are thinking this could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this and make some special memories.”

Boost to barbecue sales

The World Cup combined with the ongoing heatwave has also boosted barbecue sales, according to Waitrose.

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