England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth


The third-place game, between the semifinals losers, will be played on Saturday, July 14.

The Sunday People, meanwhile, have re-worked a familiar British saying for the back-page headline of "Keep Calm and Harry On" - very good - but this is caveated with "Who are we kidding... we're playing Croatia in semis!" Croatia, England's next opponents, have constantly varied formation and shifted around their team but Southgate is unlikely to react. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute.

England battles Russian Federation or Croatia in the World Cup semifinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The Archbishop of York danced a jig of joy when Dele Alli scored England's second goal against Sweden in the World Cup quarter finals, delegates have said.

"We looked composed", England captain Harry Kane said.

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. Not even the England side containing stars like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.

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The nation of Sweden has conceded graciously to its World Cup quarter-final defeat to England, showing honourable stoicism in the face of a disappointing performance.

A Germany fan sits dejected in the stands after his team lose the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. It's Maguire's first worldwide goal in his 10th match for England.

"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said. "It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us".

"Team England. You have done it and we gladly rejoice!"

Instead, the Three Lions took the direct route, with Leicester City centre-back Maguire powering in a header from an Ashley Young corner.

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

Before England's second goal Sweden missed a golden opportunity to level right after the restart but Pickford, who was named man of the match, made an outstanding save, palming Marcus Berg's close-range header away. They are really important messages for us.