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England Are Now Just 90 Minutes Away From The World Cup Final

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Dele Alli of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

England enjoyed a relatively comfortable World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Southgate’s side were expecting a stern test against a Sweden side who had been structurally sound all the way through the tournament so far – however, much like Uruguay against France on Friday, the Scandinavians picked a really bad time to have an off-day.

A relatively straightforward 2-0 win, courtesy of headers either side of half time from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, sealed England’s place in the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time since 1990 and has already ensured Gareth Southgate and this squad’s place in the annals of English legend, regardless of the outcome of next week’s last-four clash.

SAMARA, RUSSIA JULY 07: Players of England celebrate after Harry Maguire's goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia quarter final match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia on July 07, 2018. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Sweden, for their part, will be left to ponder what have might have been had they shown a bit more invention. With their defence penetrated by Maguire’s opener in the first half, Janne Andersson’s side looked bereft of ideas. When confronted with the need to chase a game, they were found wanting. They have chances in the second half, but they were few and far between – indeed, even when they did fashion something together, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was on hand to thwart them at every turn.

If England didn’t believe that football was coming home, they certainly do now. Russia or Croatia, and the chance to fight for a place in the World Cup final, await the Three Lions.

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Author: The PA Team

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