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Football fan Prince William sends England team a personal message ahead of World Cup semi-final

The future King is just as excited as the rest of the country ahead of Wednesday's big game!

Hanna Fillingham

Prince William is right behind the England team as they compete in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night against Croatia. Not only has the royal been sending encouraging tweets online, but he has even sent a message personally to the team. According to The Mirror, a royal source says that William - who met the team before they departed to Russia last month - has been "eagerly following England's progress along with enjoying the whole tournament." "He has been in touch behind the scenes to the team and has given them public messages of support via Twitter," it said. The source added that just like every other football fan in the country right now, the Duke is "willing the team to make history and bring it home."

Prince William has been sending personal messages of support to the England team during the World Cup

As the President of the Football Association, William would no doubt have loved to have gone to Russia to watch the game in person, but although he is no stranger to travelling, he has not been allowed to during this year's World Cup. This is because the royal family and government ministers have been banned from entering Russia following the Salisbury poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia.

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However, not attending the World Cup in person is not stopping William from enjoying the game. After England beat Sweden with a final score of 2-0 in the quarter-finals on Saturday, the future King took to Kensington Palace's Twitter account to congratulate the team for the second time in a week. Just like the rest of the country, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s 1996 hit Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) song was going around in his head. "You wanted to make history @England and you are doing just that," wrote the proud Duke of Cambridge. "This has been an incredible #WorldCup run and we’ve enjoyed every minute. You deserve this moment – Football’s Coming Home! W," he wrote.

William with England football team manager Gareth Southgate

William also took to social media to express his delight following England's victory over Colombia. The father-of-three wrote: "I couldn’t be prouder of @england - a victory in a penalty shootout!” the delighted royal wrote. “You have well and truly earned your place in the final eight of the #worldcup and you should know the whole country is right behind you for Saturday! Come on England! W."

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