Gareth Southgate Twitter hashtag goes into overdrive as England win

Will Harry Kane stamp his authority over Sweden's defence

Will Harry Kane stamp his authority over Sweden's defence

England defied nearly three decades of disappointment to move confidently into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli downed a dogged but toothless Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

Maguire and Alli struck either side of half-time in Samara on Saturday to move the Three Lions into the last four, and they will face either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation on Wednesday.

Prior to the match, Sweden had led us to believe it was going to be a question of drive.

From there, it was a case of utter domination as England completely controlled the game and exuded confidence long before the second goal came courtesy of Dele Alli.

England's deep run also is a surprise. Not even the England side from the early 21st century, containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney, ever got this far at a major tournament.

England in a World Cup semi-final, who would have thought it some will say?

"I feel privileged to be in this position", he said.

They were set on their way when Maguire rose imperiously to head home from a corner and Alli added the killer blow after the break as England showed they are not entirely dependent on the tournament's leading scorer Harry Kane for goals.

Ibrahimovic and Beckham make World Cup bet
But even if Southgate is forced to make changes, he's confident it won't be to the detriment to the team's performance. A chant of "On our way, on our way, to Moscow, on our way" came from England fans in one corner of the Samara Arena.

David Beckham is ready to collect the winnings of a weird England versus Sweden bet with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the LA Galaxy star heading to Wembley for fish and chips.

According to The Daily Mail, one player was heard saying: "We could do without this today".

Jesse Lingard also it should be said, never stopped running. "We worked on that in practice".

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.

"It's quite simple, getting a daughter is the most handsome thing you can get, it's a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup, I just try to enjoy it, to be present in the now to try get the best possible result", he said.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a preseason friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding. "They are a team that I think in the past have been underestimated - we won't make that mistake".

The Daily Telegraph: "After winning a World Cup match via a penalty shoot-out, we are officially daring to dream".

11 - Dele's goal was England's 11th at Russian Federation 2018, equalling the country's record of most goals at a single World Cup set in 1966, the first and only edition when they went on to lift the trophy.

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