England have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years with a 2-0 victory over Sweden in Saturday’s clash in Samara.
Harry Maguire headed Gareth Southgate’s team into the lead on the half-hour mark before Dele Alli doubled the advantage in the second half to help England to a deserved win.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a series of crucial saves in the final half-hour to seal England’s long-awaited spot in the last four.
“It’s a great achievement for the team, we owed it to the fans back home who believed in us,” Alli said.
“It’s always nice to score, especially on occasions like this. It’s an amazing feeling to be going to a semi-final at a World Cup.”
Harry Kane failed to score for the first time in the competition, but the England captain said confidence was high after matching the country’s best run at a major tournament since Euro ’96.
England now move on to a last-four date with either Croatia, who defeated host, Russia 4-3 following a pulsating penalty shootout on Saturday.
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