England into semi-final after win over Sweden

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Fresh from his heroics in Tuesday's shootout, the goalkeeper's latest fine display helped England keep their first clean sheet of the tournament as this band of brothers reached the semi-final without incurring a suspension or any real injury concerns.

So how are the team feeling as they prepare to play Croatia on Wednesday?

For once it was not Harry Kane who claimed the plaudits as the tournament's top scorer was kept quiet, but England found another hero at the other end of the pitch as Jordan Pickford produced three superb saves to shut out the workmanlike Swedes.

Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th.

With all this in mind, it was inevitable that the man chosen to oversee England's next game would be under a little more scrutiny than is usually expected.

Sweden last made it to the semifinals in 1994.

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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.

Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. 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 were faced with a good team, England were the best team today.

"So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it hard". "Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'Grattis!' [congratulations in Swedish] to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals". Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".

"It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup". We did create some opportunities at the start of the second half.

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