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'We were fantastic' - Kane buzzing to lead England into semi-final

10 July, 2018, 10:20 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russian Federation for a place in the final.

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.

Almost 20 million TV viewers watched England beat Sweden to get to the World Cup semi-finals.

England, as envisioned, found it hard to unearth its way down the middle and increasingly looked to its two wide men, Ashley Young and Kieran Trippier, to provide the attacking flair.

"As an attacking player, you want to score goals so I did want one for England", he admitted.

South Africa 2010 ended with a second-round exit against Germany, while four years ago in Brazil, Roy Hodgson's team finished bottom of their group and were on the first flight home.

Beckham kept updating his Instagram story throughout the game, referencing his wager and calling on England to win. Samara is not the easiest place to get to, believe me, and because I photographed England training the morning before the game, I caught a late flight which landed at 3am and I didn't get into my hotel until an hour later. After England's entry into the semis, Beckham posted on Instagram his own version of "it's coming home".

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England will face Croatia next for a spot in the finals.

But experiencing the misery at Euro 2016 as players - or as a fan in the stadium like Maguire -helped a Harry Kane-led England advance relatively serenely to its first World Cup semifinal since 1990, according to Southgate.

"We owe the fans a lot of thanks as well for the way they have supported us".

Only Owen, who netted as an 18-year-old at France 98, has scored a World Cup goal for England at a younger age but rather than basking in the moment, Alli was holding himself to higher standards.

It's been a long time between drinks for England football fans. Janne Andersson's side are supremely well drilled, but do not possess the pace or penetration to chase a game.

"We were faced with a really good opponent and we didn't get to peak performance, our personal best level that I've talked about before".

"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final", said Pickford.

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