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England beats Sweden 2-0 to advance to semi-final in Russian Federation

England beats Sweden 2-0 to advance to semi-final in Russian Federation

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said England are capable of winning the World Cup after seeing his side beaten 2-0 by Gareth Southgate's side in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The fans who serenaded their side at the Samara Arena stayed long after fulltime to herald the achievement, knowing that with so numerous favourites having departed, England have arguably their best chance of global glory in more than half a century. 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.

This was England's seventh clean sheet in World Cup knockout games.

Instead, the Three Lions took the direct route, with Leicester City centre-back Maguire powering in a header from an Ashley Young corner.

After England's midfielder Dele Alli scored the team's second goal against Sweden, doubling their score in England's quarterfinal match, he celebrated by busting the following move from the popular survival video game.

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The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last 16. "But we controlled the game and we now have to keep doing what we are doing". Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn't enough.

Klopp said: "I didn't see it today, but so far he's played a brilliant World Cup - very mature, a proper leader in the team and you can see it".

Speaking after the game, captain Harry Kane said: "I thought we were fantastic today, Sweden made it very hard".

Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. We feel we dominated the match. We have a really great bond between the 23 players and the staff.


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