England 'absolutely good enough' to win World Cup says Sweden's Janne Andersson

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

But 28 years on, Gareth Southgate's young side have presented themselves with that opportunity following a 2-0 win in this quarter-final against a stubborn Sweden in Samara. Dele Alli and Harry Maguire scored the goals as England beat Sweden 2-0 to go through to wednesdays semi final with Croatia.

The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.

Fans stuffed in, from wall-to-wall, cheering for their team to come out ahead.

Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that.

The standard of England's crossing has particularly stood out this tournament, and Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from midfielder Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th.

"[Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, I know you'll be doing your shape up but listen, look good, feel good, play good".

Maguire then lashed over after a scene of panic in the Sweden area as England chased a third goal, although they were twice indebted to Pickford for preserving their two-goal lead.

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England forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden.

The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed.

Just four teams remain in the World Cup.

Fans have spilled out of pubs, parks and homes, coming together to celebrate their team's victory, after more than five decades of disappointment.

And the respective media from both Germany and Spain have dropped an intriguing assessment of England's World Cup campaign.

It was predictable in many ways, therefore, that the deadlock was broken from a set piece. Mikael Lustig's absence was notable in the Swedish defence that, for the first time at this World Cup, had troubles in the air.

"We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".

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