Dele, Maguire head England into first semi-final in 28 years

Sweden shape vs england

Sweden shape vs england

Both ITV and the BBC will be showing the World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia.

The shot-stopper was called into action three times to deny Marcus Berg and Viktor Klaesson - and he did so superbly. Sterling in particular proved a bright spark with his movement and pressing, and was unfortunate not to open his account - thwarted by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

"We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure", said England coach Gareth Southgate.

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.

England's goalkeeper tipped over a Berg attempt as the match entered the final 20 minutes, which Southgate's men saw out without major incident thanks to impressive game management.

England has advanced further than was widely expected.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding.

"Yes, I definitely believe they are (good enough to win the World Cup)", Sweden boss Andersson said.

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"We're going to try our hardest", he assured.

Next stop: a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow.

England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

That was somewhat overshadowed by Colombia equalising from the resulting corner but Pickford got his moment in the limelight with a shootout save as England triumphed on penalties.

Denis Cheryshev gave Russian Federation the lead with a shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute and Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime.

So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no one down the right.

Cheryshev collected the ball near the halfway line, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and curled a 25-metre shot past Subasic.

A long-time favourite of Southgate, his clipped a first-time cross to the back post and Alli had space to head firmly past Olsen in front of the hardy England support.

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