England fans smash up IKEA, bus stop after win against Sweden

World Cup: England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

Former England captain David Beckham also hailed Gareth Southgate's side as "confident, professional and a team that are playing for each other, playing for the manager and playing for our country".

"It's all there, it's all apparent and we've just got to prepare them as well as we can for the game".

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won [the World Cup in 1966], how they're still held and revered", Southgate told reporters.

After spurning a series of chances in previous games, he was better against England, combining well at times with Viktor Claesson.

"We are still buzzing like a fly round a light-bulb", he said.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes lifting the 2018 World Cup would see his players being held in even higher esteem than the class 1966.

Luc Jones said he had been disappointed in past England players being more "into their haircuts or their pop celebrity girlfriend or their new sports vehicle than actually kicking the ball".

England fans will be on the edge of their seats again on Wednesday, as they play Croatia with a trip to the final on the line.




With the national team now in the semi-finals of the tournament, stars and fans have been paying tribute to Southgate, with Marr sporting a waistcoat to host The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

Meanwhile, West Midlands police said it took the most ever 999 calls in its history, logging 3,276 in 24 hours owing to "a mix of the sun, World Cup, and alcohol".

That peak audience was slightly below the 24m who saw England win a penalty shoot-out against Colombia on Tuesday on ITV.

"They've been through a lot".

"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun on Sunday.

"If we get through this and do well at the next tournament, we'll be talking about them as world class".

The two building contractors from Cheltenham, western England, who drove all the way out to Russia in their Mercedes van last month, watched their team defeat Sweden in Saturday's quarter final in the Russian city of Samara.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli, who scored England's second goal, said it was a great team performance. Beckham promised to buy Zlatan whatever he wanted from IKEA if Sweden would have beaten England.

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