Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

England make it to first semi-final in 28 years

England make it to first semi-final in 28 years

"Going into a World Cup semi final, it doesn't get much better than that".

Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow.

At the final whistle, Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there were The Beatles and All You Need is Love.

England battles Russian Federation or Croatia in the World Cup semifinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli have fired an impressive England into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years after it eased its way to a 2-0 victory over a dogged but disappointing Sweden. It was Maguire's first global goal, and England's 10th of the tournament. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages.

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"We looked composed", England captain Harry Kane said after the Saturday match (NZT Sunday). England boss Gareth Southgate celebrates the win (Tim Goode, PA). It's Maguire's first global goal in his 10th match for England.

"I know loads of fans have come here and some have gone back home, but we are doing this for all of them".

England had laboured without reward before Ashley Young lined up a corner on the left and his curled effort was met by Maguire charging forward with conviction and barging Emil Forsberg out of his way to power a header down into the net.

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

"Yes I definitely believe England are good enough to win the World Cup", he revealed.

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Dier, who grew up in Portugal, said he had always dreamed of being called up by England but "never imagined what's happening today".

"But that's something we'll work on and take to the next game".

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

"Most of our boys have played in the Championship or lower, whether they started there or played on loan there".

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