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.

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli earn England a 2-0 victory over Sweden in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final in Samara.

England now move on to a last-four date with either Russian Federation or Croatia, who meet in the remaining quarter-final clash later on Saturday. This is the first time you've been to the semis in 28 years and, very probably, your best chance to win the World Cup since the last time you did back in 1966.

Understandably, there will still be the snide remarks about how England have been lucky to dodge the big guns in the lower-ranked half of the draw and doubts over their ability to overcome stronger teams like France or Belgium.

The opening stages of the game passed by without incident as both teams appeared slightly overawed by the possibility of progressing further in the competition and it took a 30-yard strike from Sweden's Viktor Claesson to break the tension.

Gareth Southgate's men produced a composed display to frustrate Sweden just days after triumphing on penalties against Colombia and are now preparing for a shot at the final in Moscow this Wednesday.

England forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Harry Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden. We knew what would hurt them and what we'd worked on.

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The Indian team management is likely to stick to the same playing eleven, and will not try to disturb their winning combination. Taking to his Twitter handle, Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings teammate and close friend Suresh Raina wished him Happy Birthday.

"We came into this tournament as the least experienced team", he said.

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

England was nearly made to pay straight after the interval and would have been pegged back if Pickford had not produced a top-drawer save to keep out a Berg header.

"I don't think anything went wrong". We've got a long way to go.

Maguire's first England goal represented the latest milestone in a meteoric rise for the defender who was playing in the Championship for Hull City two years ago but started every game for Leicester City this past season in his second full Premier League campaign. "Going into a World Cup semi final, it doesn't get much better than that".

Here's how the nation watched and reacted to another England win in Russian Federation.


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