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It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win

It is coming home? Odds on England World Cup win shorten after Sweden win

Tottenham striker Kane has hogged the majority of the headlines in Russian Federation, rattling in six goals in only three prior matches, but on this occasion it was Maguire and the previously under-fire Dele Alli who proved the star turns with a header apiece.

Luc Jones said he had been disappointed in past England players being more "into their haircuts or their pop celebrity girlfriend or their new sports auto than actually kicking the ball".

Maguire then lashed over after a scene of panic in the Sweden area as England chased a third goal, although they were twice indebted to Pickford for preserving their two-goal lead.

England has advanced further than was widely expected.

England's deep run also is a surprise.

England captain Harry Kane failed to score for the first time in seven matches for his country, but the Tottenham striker is still the leading scorer at this World Cup on six goals. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

"Altogether, we have had a good tournament; that is something to take back home, " he said.

For a long time, England fans have struggled to identify with the players pulling on the shirt and representing their nation.

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He has also been capped 34 times by his country, and also represented England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 European Championships.

Coming home? England fans whoop it up in London after the match.

So, I am not anxious at all now, " he said.

They lacked the resilience displayed in the last-16 defeat of Switzerland, but Andersson said the outcome was through England's excellence more than anything.

Fernandes had been a hero for Russian Federation earlier when his header in the 115th minute equaliser had sent the match to penalties after Domagoj Vida's goal in the 101st had given Croatia a 2-1 lead. Southgate was on the last England side to reach a semifinal, at the 1996 European Championship, when the team anthem was "Three Lions".

But Russia's geographical vastness and other logistical issues ensured the two national sides played in a quarter-empty stadium - though the official figure, at the end, pegged it at just a tenth short of capacity (44,918). The approach had earned them dividends against Mexico and South Korea, but England were too good.

And while both teams, drinking side-by-side, were civil enough during the game. "And I think we have a crew of about 30".

Sunday's papers are awash with reaction to events in Samara, here is what they made of the latest triumph from Gareth Southgate's team. He had considered 3-4-3 an option at this World Cup - he seems set to play three-at-the-back come what may - but has not done that.

Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart. Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over. He is likely to retain his starting place for the semifinals. It's a chance to clamber onto traffic lights, fling beer in the air and toast the success of the footballers in an outpouring of delirium not witnessed across England since the last century.

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