Nearly 20m tune in to England quarter-final win

Dele Alli of England is congratulated by Gareth Southgate Manager of England after being replaced during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England

Dele Alli of England is congratulated by Gareth Southgate Manager of England after being replaced during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England

They stormed into the semi-finals of the World Cup beating Sweden 2-0 and the country believes now more than ever that it is "coming home".

If England versus Croatia goes to a penalty shootout, the Three Lions will certainly be in safe hands with Everton's Jordan Pickford between the sticks.

The two building contractors from Cheltenham, western England, who drove all the way out to Russia in their Mercedes van last month, watched their team defeat Sweden in Saturday's quarter final in the Russian city of Samara.

Dele Alli's second half header then sent fans into dream land as England reached a World Cup semi final for the first time since 1990.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look.

The last time England reached this stage of any major competition was at Euro 96, when Seaman and Southgate were team-mates on home soil.


This group is tighter than previous generations in Southgate's opinion, thanks to bonding in the development teams and an ability to put club rivalries aside. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it". England won the trophy back in 1966 while France won it in 1998.

"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'grattis!' (that's congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said.

A Millwall supporters' group has launched a fundraising campaign to help fix an ambulance which was "vandalised" after England's World Cup win over Sweden.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

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