Gareth Southgate Hails 'Incredible Feeling' as England Secure Historic Semi-Final Spot

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani right was helped from the field by Cristiano Ronaldo left when he was hurt during Saturday's match. Juan Herrero  EPA

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani right was helped from the field by Cristiano Ronaldo left when he was hurt during Saturday's match. Juan Herrero EPA

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli secured a resounding win over the Swedes.

"Of course, when you sit and think about the people who've got to this point before, people I hugely respect and admire, it's hard to put that into perspective, really".

England trained in Repino on Friday morning before flying to Samara in preparation for their quarter-final meeting with Sweden. Like an adolescent boy copping his first formative snog, we're not sure if it's meant to feel like this, but bloody hell does it feel good. "It took a few seconds for them to gather their breath and then, finally, they could join the party that was already under way behind the goal to their right".

After dealing manfully with Colombia's rough-housing, England are in for a tough time against a side whose players, staff and greats have called into question aspects of their opponents' aptitude and attitude in the build-up.

"We felt like we could dominate the ball in this game".

And after the win, fans flocked to Twitter to praise boss Southgate with a well-known hashtag.

"Finally, I agree with the Italian sports press which showed France as a candidate for the final and England as a good outsider". I think that they aren't ready to make history at the moment. The victory was also beneficial to ex-England captain David Beckham, who won himself dinner thanks to a friendly wager with Swedish soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic. On my social media profiles I read a lot of positive comments about Southgate and the work he's doing with all the younger players and the tactics and mental preparation he is developing.

"I think that is probably starting to register with them now - maybe I tell the truth most of the time".

England have a future star in Harry Maguire, and benefitted from a Jordan Pickford masterclass, but it is too early for the "Football's coming home!" chants, warns RT's Peter Schmeichel.

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