England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

Just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game

Image Just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game

Jubilant fans packed into pubs and communal squares to cheer on England's World Cup quarter-final clash.

England defied nearly three decades of disappointment to move confidently into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli downed a dogged but toothless Sweden 2-0.

Unfortunately, the quarterfinal against a talented, young England side that has a nation beginning to believe proved a bridge too far. Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.

Andersson's side beat Switzerland in the last 16, and were looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1994.

With twists and drama starting from the group stages to nearing the penultimate phase of the tournament, the World Cup in Russian Federation has truly exceeded expectations as we witness scintillating action on every matchday.

Croatia bring Russian run to an end
It promises to be a fascinating encounter Sweden & England battle it out for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup . In the 76th minute, Modric and Vrsaljko had shots blocked in the box as Croatia looked for the victor .

Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.

Sweden have never won a World Cup game in which they trailed at half-time, and they rarely looked like addressing that statistic here. "And also that little ball that Jesse sent in for Dele, that was great".

Sky Sports' lead presenter Simon Lazenby, alongside Paul de Resta and Johnny Herbert, were interviewing Haas team principal Guenther Steiner following a thrilling British GP qualifying, as both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished in the top 10, securing seventh and eighth on the grid respectively.

Forward Raheem Sterling has faced some criticism over his struggles to score for England and just before halftime his doubters were handed ammunition when he was twice left alone to bear down on Sweden keeper Robin Olsen. "But we controlled the game and we now have to keep doing what we are doing". "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

The Sweden goalkeeper again frustrated Sterling in the dying embers of the half by thwarting his latest attempt to round him following a fine Jordan Henderson pass. "We worked on that in training so credit to the staff".

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