he Three Lions of England are through to the Semi-final of the FIFA World Cup, reaching the last four for the first time in twenty-eight (28) years.
Goals by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sealed a 2-0 last-eight win over Sweden in the Russian city of Samara to leave the coach Gareth Southgate tutored side one game from the final.
Maguire and Alli struck either side of the interval in Samara. Maguire broke the deadlock on the half-hour, flashing a header past Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen from Ashley Young’s corner.
Three Lions, however, sealed the victory when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard’s lofted cross at the far post on the 59th minutes.
Speaking after the game, Southgate said England’s appearance in a first World Cup semi-final since 1990 is an “incredible feeling”.
“Russia in Moscow would be an incredible game,” Southgate said.
England has not reached the final since winning the World Cup in 1966, while it is only the third time they have reached the last four.
“We knew it was going to be such a different game after having extra time and penalties against Colombia, with all the emotion and the energy,” said Southgate.
“We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure but the resilience of the team was crucial.
“We knew we would have the majority of the ball and it was a case of breaking them down because Sweden are a really well-organised team.
“Over the years we have underestimated them.”