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08 July, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Gareth Southgate was bursting with pride last night after England reached their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years.

Golden Boot race front-runner Harry Kane came agonisingly close to give his side a 1-0 lead but his fierce long-range shot went wide off the far post. Not even the England side from the early 21st century, containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney, ever got this far at a major tournament.

England have not reached the last eight of the World Cup since 2006, where defeat by Portugal on penalties in Germany marked the start of a period of underachievement.

Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first worldwide goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Sweden last reached the World Cup semifinals in 1994, and ended up finishing third.

Although everyone is engrossed in their own lifestyle, carrying on working in their own profession on a daily basis, one topic which has never eluded the mind of each individual in the past month is that of the World Cup.

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

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The trio have not clicked, and it has been a combination of set pieces and captain Harry Kane that have made the difference. England had not kept a clean sheet in their four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring they did not concede this time.

Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. I'd like to pay tribute to both the team and the coach.

Virtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.

"Yes, I definitely believe they are (good enough to win the World Cup)", Sweden boss Andersson said.

"To go for the victory again. I'm sure the fans back home. we'll see some videos".

But youth, efficiency, and belief have carried this team within one victory of the World Cup final. With the match coinciding on a weekend, a time specially opted by those tying a knot on a Saturday, many British fans took to Twitter to share how they tried to strike a balance - match and a wedding. "We worked on that in training so credit to the staff".

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