England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

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For the first since 1990 and third time in World Cup history, England have booked their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

Harry Kane has the "mentality and calibre" of England's World Cup-winning rugby union legend Jonny Wilkinson, according to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. "We're enjoying it, I know the fans here are enjoying it, and the fans back home - I know we'll see some videos tonight of everyone enjoying it, so we've just got to keep doing what we're doing and make our country proud".

Their valiant efforts in Russian Federation have seen thousands hit the pubs and clubs to support their boys from back home, with venues in Brighton regularly filling up when the Three Lions have played. To get through the two games we had this week, we needed all of that because we're not the finished article. "And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well".

"We're buzzing. It's probably not sunk in", Kane said.

"It's a remarkable rise I have had over the previous year or two", Maguire told BBC Radio.

From the first match in the qualifiers against the Netherlands, the play-off against Italy and then come to this World Cup and do this. He spoke of a squad of players who will do anything for each other and who want to work and to learn.

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"They seem to be a unit and a team for this World Cup, which seems to be different to how we've been in the past". "We are progressing really well and we do have some good players". And he won over casual fans by displaying a caring side when Fabian Delph was allowed to fly home for the birth of his baby.

A 2-0 win against Sweden in the quarter-finals on Sunday morning (AEST) sent the entire country into meltdown as the miracle of bringing home the sport's most cherished trophy edges ever closer to reality.

The team were kicked out of bed at around 8am (local time), meanwhile Gareth Southgate's team were tucked up in bed a few miles away so will be well-rested before today's match. "I thought the mentality and the spirit they showed in the last game (against Colombia) was fantastic".

The paper compared Southgate to the England coach 28 years ago, Bobby Robson.

But Modric said they would be ready to face Southgate's men.

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