Brent Council will host a public screening of the 2018 World Cup final after it chose not to show England’s semi-final last night.

There were numerous calls for it to put up a large screen for England’s match with Croatia – their biggest game in 28 years – but it declined on the back of safety advice from the police.

But the tournament’s showpiece event between France and Croatia will be given the big-screen treatment in King Edward VII park in Wembley.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “Obviously we were all hoping for England to finish the job, but it just wasn’t to be.

“Nevertheless, this is a proudly global borough and we are keen to carry on celebrating this global event.

“We’re putting up a big screen in King Edward VII park and hope that residents can come along and enjoy the final match of what has been an outstanding tournament.”

The screening is free, and tickets are not required. Coverage of the final will start at 3pm.

The council explained that water and toilet facilities will be available, and it is working with the police to ensure that it is a safe, family-friendly event.

There has been a large screen in front of Brent Civic Centre, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, but it has only been showing Wimbledon.

But the London Designer Outlet, a stone’s throw away from the stadium, has been showing the World Cup, as well as the tennis, on one of its courtyards.