Full Quarter-Finals Results and Semi-Finals Schedule

09 July, 2018, 11:28 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • 10,000 empty seats as England clash with Sweden for place in World Cup semi-finals

Employed deeper, to the left of Jordan Henderson, he has been asked to fulfil a different role for England and it is taking some adapting to.

The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.

Sweden were a far cry from the side that denied Holland qualification to the World Cup, knocked Italy out of the play-offs and prevented holders Germany making it out of their group.

Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.

Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the football match on their cell phones. "Whoever we play, we will be ready to go again".

The England captain didn't hide his satisfaction after the victory against Sweden, Harry Kane noting that his team are full of confidence and feel good.

After the game, Harry Maguire said: "It was my first global goal on the biggest stage of them all".

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"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said.

"But that's something we'll work on and take to the next game".

And as players started to collect millions in salaries from their clubs, commitment to the national team was called into question.

They'll now play Croatia, who won their quarter final by knocking out hosts Russian Federation on penalties. I was at Crystal Palace when they weren't quite as good as they are now. I want to pay tribute to the team and the coach. "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

"We knew the first goal would be crucial and they didn't really threaten us until later on in the second half where we were a bit naive and open to counter attacks".

For once it was not Harry Kane who claimed the plaudits as the tournament's top scorer was kept quiet, but England found another hero at the other end of the pitch as Jordan Pickford produced three superb saves to shut out the workmanlike Swedes.

Raheem Sterling has faced some criticism over his struggles to score for England and just before halftime his doubters were handed ammunition when he was twice left alone to bear down on Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.

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