Dele, Maguire head England into first semi-final in 28 years

08 July, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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England were nearly made to pay straight after the interval and would have been pegged back if Pickford had not produced a top-drawer save to keep out a Berg header.

But England prevailed, winning 2-0 to book their place in the semi-final of the World Cup.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

The Three Lions will face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after the World Cup hosts crashed out.

"We have to be here another week, and it's up to us now which games we play in". Performing the moves IRL has become quite the trends, and seeing them outside of the game is a real hoot.

"I am not sure anything went wrong, as such", he said.

"Southgate and England deserve huge credit - and now those expectation levels will rise even more".

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Sweden manager Janne Andersson had warned his side England were a match for them at set-pieces, and so it proved when Maguire connected with Ashley Young's corner after a low-key first half hour.

That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters. "We then created chances at the start of the second half and if we had scored it would have revived the game".

This was England's most complete performance of Russian Federation 2018 in what was a highly-credible team effort.

The scoreline stayed the same for the remainder, with Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane continuing to menace Sweden's defence, while Jordan Pickford made a string of smart saves to preserve England's clean sheet. "I spoke to the lads today, and none of us fancied going home".

England have a long tradition of excellent goalkeepers but also a tradition of playing them beyond their sell-by-date, with fatal consequences. "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad", he said.

"That's the reward for all the hard work you put into them on the training pitch".

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