Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored headers as The Three Lions booked their place in a first World Cup semi-final since 1990 by beating Sweden 2-0.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers to advance England to the penultimate stage where they will face either Croatia or host nation Russian Federation.

Almost 20 million TV viewers watched England beat Sweden to get to the World Cup semi-finals. "I hope that, when they look at us, they know that everything is possible and that they can also go far".

Qualifying from Group G was always the minimum expectation, but having now beaten Colombia and Sweden - both tough opponents - en route to the semis, England are legitimate contenders.

"They have good plans, they have a clear way of playing - and it's bloody hard to play against".

"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said.

England's match against Sweden is their biggest since their last World Cup quarter-final twelve years ago, against Portugal at Germany 2006.

They'll now play Croatia, who won their quarter final by knocking out hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

'I think we've developed very well here, we've showed a good level and had the right attitude, commitment and fight from the beginning, ' said Dier, a late substitute against Sweden.

So, I am not anxious at all now, " he said.

If successful, they will play in their first final at the competition since they won the trophy in 1966. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in worldwide soccer.

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Sweden last made it to the semifinals in 1994.

"But, we did well overall, because it is not easy to even get to this stage. But it was about the team, it was a great performance by the boys and now we're looking forward to the next round".

Fresh from his penalty heroics in the round of 16, Pickford delivered his best performance in an England shirt, pulling off multiple stunning saves to keep his side's lead intact.

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