England into semi-final after win over Sweden

England fans in Russia

England fans in Russia

England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden could be played in front of as many as 10,000 empty seats in Samara.

The last time Sweden reached the semi-finals was in US 1994 where they finished third while England last made it into semi-finals in Italy 1990.

England's deep run also is a surprise.

Reflecting during his post-match press conference, Andersson told the assembled reporters (via Sky Sports) that he could envisage England going on to win the World Cup. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cell phones.

"I know the fans here are enjoying it", Kane said. I believe that they will be perfectly able to go all the way'.

Sweden were undone at two set pieces - goals from which are becoming quite a trend for England - but the Swedish manager lavished praise on England for being "the best team".


Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first worldwide goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Southgate stuck with the same team that overcame Colombia on penalties in the last 16, while Sebastian Larsson returned for Sweden after missing the 1-0 win over Switzerland through suspension. "We worked on that in practice".

The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. He denied the Swedes several more times in the second half.

The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.

The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and Andersson spoke to the players.

"We were sad and we're disappointed", Andersson said, "but we mustn't forget we put in an excellent performance".

They have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups when he was in the squad, but have excelled in his absence.

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