Maguire puts Three Lions in front

10,000 empty seats as England clash with Sweden for place in World Cup semi-finals

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. "I hope that, when they look at us, they know that everything is possible and that they can also go far".

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.

But England still remain flawed and Southgate will have issues to address ahead of a semi-final date with either hosts Russian Federation or Croatia next Wednesday.

"The resilience of the team and togetherness was special today".

But while Swedish fans will ultimately take heart from their team's unexpected success at the World Cup, it's hard to reconcile those feelings when you're sitting in a packed stadium watching your team lose.

England sent in some crosses after but those signs of life were fleeting as Sweden's resolute team shape strangled a side sloppy in possession.

But England pressed home their advantage in the 58th minute with a Dele Alli header following an attack that seemed to involve most of England's front line.

"We looked like we controlled the game". That helped them win a two-leg playoff against Italy to get to the World Cup, top a group containing Germany, and then beat Switzerland in the round of 16. Of England's 11 goals, eight have come from set pieces, while Kane leads the Golden Boot standings with six goals.

Thankfully for Southgate's men, they are a dab hand at set pieces and their first corner brought the opening goal.

SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn't enough. With the match coinciding on a weekend, a time specially opted by those tying a knot on a Saturday, many British fans took to Twitter to share how they tried to strike a balance - match and a wedding.

Although Sweden rallied in the final 30 minutes, forcing two good saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England comfortably held on for its first shutout of the tournament.

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