England secure semi-final with Swedish shutout

England secure semi-final with Swedish shutout

England have reached the Fifa World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years with a 2-0 victory over Sweden at Russian Federation 2018.

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 even prepared for it, but unfortunately we got caught in one of them".

"Dele's performance against Tunisia was as good as he's had since I've been England manager", said Southgate, whose only fitness worry centres around Jamie Vardy's thigh injury.

One report suggests that Germany fans had bought tickets to the game anticipating that they would be the side getting through to the match.

Few outside the England camp predicted such a remarkable run in Russian Federation, and after the match Southgate was in no mood to downplay the fact that his team are now within one game of a first World Cup final since 1966.

'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.

They lacked the resilience displayed in the last-16 defeat of Switzerland, but Andersson said the outcome was through England's excellence more than anything.

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Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the United States, challenged the former England captain on Saturday to a wager on the outcome of today's game.

The lead was doubled just before the hour-mark when Alli converted Jesse Lingard's cross from close range. We've just got to keep doing what we are doing.

"Can't do better than that, [scoring in the] quarter-final of the World Cup", Maguire told BBC Sport.

"They were better than we were and I have the greatest respect and congratulations to England".

Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart.

"Everyone has been able to see this since the beginning of the World Cup, and now we expect to be here until the last day".

Sweden last made it to the semifinals in 1994.

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