Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham

Harry Kane and his band of brothers

Harry Kane and his band of brothers

Croatia await the Three Lions for Wednesday's semi-final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, after beating hosts Russian Federation 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

This is only the third time England have qualified for the semi-finals after losing to Germany on penalties in 1990 and 1966, when they won their only World Cup.

You still have two games to go, England fans.

"It means a lot to us", Tottenham player Dier, speaking in Portuguese to ESPN Brasil's Francisco de Laurentiis, said.

The former Manchester United star wrote on social media: "If England win I buy you dinner wherever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me whatever I want from Ikea, okay?"

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".


England's Dele Alli, 2nd left, scores his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the centre back's first in global football. "And also that little ball that Jesse sent in for Dele, that was great". Congratulations to both the team and the coach.

Hart has 75 caps for England and played in nine of their 10 World Cup qualifiers, but missed out on a squad place for the finals as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope were all given the nod ahead of him, with Pickford since excelling as No 1 in Russian Federation. England had not kept a clean sheet in their four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring they did not concede this time.

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

Due to a mix of the British media's negative reports about Russian Federation, and skepticism from both sets of fans, Sweden and England supporters were largely limited to clusters behind the goal on Saturday.

And when asked about his own side's poor performance, Andersson commented how it was always going to be tough against a 'really good opponent'.

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