For the first since 1990 and third time in World Cup history, England have booked their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup. Also Read - Premier League News: Harry Kane to Start For Tottenham Against Man United, Says Jose Mourinho
Gareth Southgate’s side seems to get stronger with every passing match, they were tactically better composed and Jordan Pickford was sensational making some crucial saves and registering his name as one of the star performers of the tournament, so far. Also Read - Happy to Start Training in Small Groups, Says Harry Kane
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England captain Harry Kane, speaking to the BBC: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. There was so much preparation for this game, quick recovery from the second round. We were fantastic today in a difficult game, Sweden made it tough with long balls and set pieces. It was different from what we’ve faced so far but we are buzzing.”
England and Sweden will not need to be told about the significance of their quarter-final in Samara on 7 July. No matter which team advances, it will be hugely significant due to the fact neither side has made it that far at a FIFA World Cup for almost a quarter of a century.
For Sweden, if they advance to the semi-finals, it would be the first time since USA 1994, when they finished in third place. As for England, a last-four appearance in Russia would be their first since Italy 1990, when they finished fourth.
Sweden are coming off the back of a resilient 1-0 victory over Switzerland thanks to Emil Forsberg’s deflected goal. The Three Lions were able to overcome the mental hurdle of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser and defeated Colombia 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time, to win the nation’s first World Cup finals shootout at the fourth attempt.