England reaches World Cup semifinal after beating Sweden 2-0

England reaches World Cup semifinal after beating Sweden 2-0

England reaches World Cup semifinal after beating Sweden 2-0

In the 21st FIFA World Cup being played in Russia, England have eliminated the 28-year drought of the semi-final in the World Cup, defeating Sweden 2-0 and entering the final four of the tournament.

Before a crowd of 39,991 at the Samara Arena, England were meticulous in dispatching Sweden through headed goals by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli in the 30th and 59th minutes respectively.

Dele Alli has just become England's youngest World Cup goalscorer since Michael Owen but the Tottenham man admits his performance against Sweden left plenty of room for improvement. "They are forceful and well organised". I would like to pay tribute to both the team and the coach.

"I gathered the players on the pitch and told them we had a bloody good tournament".

The Swedish football star will have to front in an England top at a game at Wembley after losing a bet to David Beckham over this morning's World Cup quarter-final.

So, I am not anxious at all now, " he said.

The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and Andersson spoke to the players. I'm so pleased. When I was watching him during the season I was so keen for him to stay fit because I thought this was a stage I was certain he could play at. We owed it for the fans at home, how they have all been supporting us.

For the second goal, Jesse Lingard served up the ball to an unmarked Alli, who nodded in from close range. They complement each other well and although Kane was not at his best against Sweden, and although attention focussed on Sterling wasting a clear first-half chance when through on goal, they are ideal playing together to cause problems for Croatia's centre-backs.

'We have no time really to dwell on the past. The last time England had won the World Cup was back in 1966 and the dream has led to increased usage of songs like 'It's coming home'.

Fabian Delph 6 - On for Alli late in the game, Delph made sure England continue to tick over in possession and resisted any comeback from Sweden. I'm proud over my team, I'm proud over my country and if we can do this with football, let us spread this love even without. I think if you say it's an easy game in a quarter-final of a World Cup then you are pretty stupid to say that.

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