England’s World Cup quarter-final countdown: Kick-off time, where to watch, safety advice

England fans celebrate in the stands after their side win the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 match

England fans celebrate in the stands after their side win the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 match at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow. Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Millions of football fans will be glued to televisions this afternoon as England look to secure their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

The Three Lions’ biggest football match in decades is set to bring the country to a standstill, with the quarter-final against Sweden kicking off at 3pm UK time.

The national side will be looking to qualify for their first World Cup semi-final since Italia 90, when they lost on penalties to West Germany, but will have to overcome a record of one win, two defeats and five draws in major tournaments and qualifying campaigns against the Scandinavians.

Many fans will be heading straight to Portman Road to enjoy the game at the home of Ipswich Town.

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Skyscanner has seen an 189% surge in flight searches to Samara this week, while the Foreign Office (FCO) said there had been a 165% increase in views of its ‘entering and leaving Russia’ pages.

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The FCO reminded fans to follow its Be On The Ball advice to prepare well and stay safe during the tournament.

Locally, Suffolk police will deploy extra officers to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour or criminality.

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Police are urging people to enjoy themselves, the game, and the warm weather, but to behave appropriately and respect others at all times.

Three arrests were made by Suffolk police following Tuesday night’s England World Cup match against Colombia.

A spokesman for the force said the arrests were for public order offences after the Three Lions won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time.

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