England manager Gareth Southgate said a World Cup semi-final against hosts Russian Federation in Moscow would be "incredible", after his side saw off Sweden on Saturday (July 7) to reach the last four. Rather, in this case, a dual celebration - of the happy union and England winning the match thanks to Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.
The two sides will enter into the last eight encounter fully aware that victory for either nation will take them a step closer towards World Cup glory.
Viktor Claesson's hopeful effort from distance was the best rudimentary Sweden managed in a scrappy opening, but the Three Lions were doing little better as Alli overhit a through ball after snatching possession off over-confident Emil Krafth.
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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.
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Then, as Sweden looked to get back into the match, the favorites finished them off. And while both teams , drinking side-by-side, were civil enough during the game.
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The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed.
The Sunday People, meanwhile, have re-worked a familiar British saying for the back-page headline of "Keep Calm and Harry On" - very good - but this is caveated with "Who are we kidding... we're playing Croatia in semis!"
"England were the best team today". Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box.
"We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again".
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Croatia ended Russia's unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time. We did create some opportunities at the start of the second half.