Both sets of supporters have been making expensive beelines to the Russian capital since Saturday’s results in the quarter-finals
During the day England fans were planning the best and least expensive way to get hold of a ticket for the final. By evening they had crashed down to earth, as by far their largest number of travelling supporters at the tournament saw the team lose to Croatia in extra time.
Many had dared to believe after the victory on penalties against Colombia and the regulation win against Sweden that things this year could be different. There had been huge optimism during the day that while France in the final would be a tough proposition, there was little doubt that England would make it.