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England lost and it all kicked off outside The Regal pub in Cambridge as fans clashed with police

A stand-off with police and 'alcohol-fuelled' England fans took place outside Cambridge's biggest pub amid violent scenes erupts after the World Cup defeat.

A row of police officers had to form a human barrier after violence broke out on the steps of The Regal in St Andrew's Street about 20 minutes after England lost 2-1 to Croatia.

The disorder broke out after England's dreams were shattered as Gareth Southgate's heroes went down in extra-time.

The Regal after the England game against Croatia (Image: (Credit: Mark Ashton))

Mario Mandzukic fired past Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute to break the nation's hearts and send Croatia into Sunday's final with France.

Ive never seen Cambridge like this. Its part scary and part nostalgic. Just like a regular Saturday night out in Northbridge, Western Australia in the early/mid 2000s.

— Roxanne DeBeaux (@roxyfromoz) July 11, 2018

Mark Ashton, who was in The Regal watching the match, said a mixture of defeat and alcohol fuelled the disorder.

The Regal after the England game against Croatia (Image: (Credit: Mark Ashton))

He added: "It was about 20 minutes after the match when there was an altercation on the steps but the bouncers had them pinned down and then someone trying to get in and that's when it all kicked off outside The Regal.

"I didn't feel scared or intimidated because there was enough police and staff there to deal with it.

The Regal after the England game against Croatia (Image: (Credit: Mark Ashton))

"It was a combination of the disappointment of England losing and then seeing scenes like that."

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Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary visited pubs and bars to prevent anti-social behaviour.

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Police officers worked with pubs and partner agencies, including local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service, to prevent any problems and take action if necessary.

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But England now face Belgium in Saturday's third-place decider while Croatia go through to the final where they meet France.

Police have been asked for comment on the disorder outside The Regal.

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