England make it to first semi-final in 28 years

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored the goals, as Sweden was denied over and over again by Jordan Pickford in goal, who made three massive saves.

Thousands of seats were left empty in England's game against Sweden in the World Cup quarter final match - after they were reportedly bought in advance by confident Germany fans.

"I look at them like my brothers and I know they look at me the same and we'd do anything for each other and that's what we've got to do for the rest of the tournament". I would like to pay tribute to both the team and the coach.

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

"I believe that they will be perfectly able to go all the way".

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 captain Harry Kane failed to score for the first time in seven matches for his country, but the Tottenham striker is still the leading scorer at this World Cup on six goals. I remember saying to him before the next game "okay, how about we try to be as good as we might be" because I think he's a super talented player.

"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said. They try to play the right way and have shown some mental resilience now over the last few weeks. Long balls and different to what we have faced so far. We are not the finished article and we do not have world class players yet, but we have young players who are prepared to be courageous on the ball and have shown a real mental resilience.

There was emotional scenes in Russian Federation and at home among the England fans, who have long suffered from tournament heartbreak. "I've dreamt about it", he told a media conference.

"We have got to keep on improving as staff and as players".

The Americans seem to be going off the boil with their World Cup fever, with England and Croatia demoted to the sidebar.

Sweden came racing out of the gates in the second half, with Marcus Berg's driven header forcing a stunning diving save from Jordan Pickford with just a minute played since the restart of play.