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10,000 empty seats as England clash with Sweden for place in World Cup semi-finals

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against Croatia for a place in the final on July 15.

The last time England made the World Cup semi finals was 1990 in Italy when they bowed out to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

"We've not got a good record against them, I think we've always underestimated them", Southgate said following a dramatic victory over Colombia in the last 16.

And while both teams, drinking side-by-side, were civil enough during the game.

"They are a good football side and they don't give a lot away".

"The fans here enjoy it, I'm sure the fans back at home - we'll see videos of them enjoying it".

It was just a second England victory over Sweden in nine competitive meetings, and sets up a clash with either hosts Russian Federation or Croatia on July 11 in Moscow for a place in the final.




"Pickford for me is the sort of prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", Southgate said at a news conference.

The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and Andersson spoke to the players.

Maguire outjumped the much smaller Emil Forsberg to nod low into the corner, as England scored for the eighth time in Russian Federation from a dead-ball situation.

Though it was his first worldwide goal, Maguire has been a unsafe target man from set pieces throughout the tournament, and he credited his teammates for delivering the ball in the right areas. "The resilience of the team and togetherness of the team today was crucial". I'm proud over my team, I'm proud over my country and if we can do this with football, let us spread this love even without.

The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.

The Americans seem to be going off the boil with their World Cup fever, with England and Croatia demoted to the sidebar.

In the second half England goal keeper Jordan Pickford saved the day with stunning defense. The victor battles France or Belgium in the 2018 World Cup final on July 15 in Moscow.

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