England defeat Sweden to secure first semi-final in 28 years


England defeat Sweden to secure first semi-final in 28 years

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against Croatia for a place in the final on July 15.

The last time Sweden reached the semi-finals was in United States of America 1994 where they finished third while England last made it into semi-finals in Italy 1990.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

"We know there is still a big game ahead but we are feeling good, confident".

Both sides endured a frustrating start to proceedings, with England's first decent chance coming through Harry Kane with almost 20 minutes played, but his low shot from outside the penalty area flashed wide.

England fans celebrate as England score their second goal, as they watch the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England on a big screen in London.

"I think we were courageous enough to play at times and open them up, and probably could have had a couple more".

England's Dele Alli scores their second goal in their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

England now move on to a last-four date with either Russian Federation or Croatia, who meet in the remaining quarter-final clash later on Saturday.

'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.

"I've said it from the start". "We have an outstanding mentality in these players, a humility and recognition of where they were 18 months ago and the work needed to get to here".

Though it was his first global goal, Maguire has been a risky target man from set pieces throughout the tournament, and he credited his teammates for delivering the ball in the right areas. Fabian Delph also came off the bench, having returned to Russian Federation following the birth of his third child.

"Without the commitment of a couple of wives who have let their husbands come back having given birth - I hope they all feel really part of this now because we don't do that without everybody's support".

Victor Lindelof has been one of if not the standout player for Sweden at this World Cup.

"They are greater than the sum of their parts more often than not, so that is a hugely hard game for us".

"We said we want to write our own history and hopefully we can go one step further and get to the final", Kane said.

Pickford was tested for the first time early in the second half when Marcus Berg forced him into super save to his left.



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