Gareth Southgate believes semi-finalists England are still improving

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Harry Maguire had scored - and with the ball hitting the back of the net, England's dream of making a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years moved one step closer.

A win for Gareth Southgate's team would mark the Three Lions' most successful World Cup campaign in 28 years and set up a tie with Croatia or Russian Federation in the last four. "To get through the two games this week we needed all of that".

Their valiant efforts in Russian Federation have seen thousands hit the pubs and clubs to support their boys from back home, with venues in Brighton regularly filling up when the Three Lions have played. We've just got to keep doing what we are doing.

"I think we have written history in Sweden, with this performance" Emil Forsberg said after the match.

Maguire's thumping header gave the Leicester centre-back his first worldwide goal, just two years after watching Euro 2016 in France with his friends in the stands.

Harry Kane may not have been responsible for either of England's two goals, but the captain has shortened into 1/7 to be the tournament's top goalscorer, having been available at 1/5 before the match. That we have got players with super technique.

It reaped early rewards, too, as England finally won a penalty shootout by knocking out Colombia in their last-16 meeting. We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it. This atmosphere is likely to sustain beyond the World Cup, even if football does not come home.

"I'm proud to make ex-players proud and I'm sure it's bringing back memories for them and for Gary, when he was in the semi-final".

Gareth Southgate's side have found the net 11 times in Russian Federation to match the record set by the victorious 1996 side.

Twenty years ago, in France, a Croatian team featuring Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Zvonimir Boban made the last four of the competition only to be beaten by the hosts, and eventual winners, despite taking the lead.

"It was my first worldwide goal on the biggest stage of them all", Maguire said.

"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to sat 'grattis!"

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