England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

In a spectacular match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.

Swedish coach Janne Andersson will welcome veteran midfielder Sebastian Larsson back into the side after a suspension, while central defender Andreas Granqvist has opted to stay with the squad even though his wife is expected to give birth at any moment.

The Americans seem to be going off the boil with their World Cup fever, with England and Croatia demoted to the sidebar. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

The importance of the keeper's contribution was swiftly underlined with England doubling their lead in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.

But, despite these concerns, England have reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia '90.

That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are seemingly lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.

"We have to stay seven days anyway", he said. 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.

More news: NBA Twitter explodes with news of LeBron joining the Lakers

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".

Virtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.

"So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it hard".

"Yes, I definitely believe they are (good enough to win the World Cup)", Sweden boss Andersson said. Of England's 11 goals, eight have come from set pieces, while Kane leads the Golden Boot standings with six goals.

"To go for the victory again". "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

Their manager made his feelings known after the match in Moscow, while over quarter of a million Colombians signed a petition asking for the game to be replayed. He denied the Swedes several more times in the second half. "We worked on that in training so credit to the staff".