CBBC Newsround: Will Sweden beat England? The fans think so!

CBBC Newsround: Will Sweden beat England? The fans think so!

England fans in Russian Federation said they were daring to dream of glory on Saturday (July 7) after the national side cruised past Sweden 2-0 and into a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years.

England fans made up 2,836 in sales and Sweden fans numbered 3,078.

With the exits of Brazil and Uruguay, there are no multiple winners left in the competition, while it is the first time in history that none of Brazil, Germany or Argentina have made the semi-finals.

ENGLAND fans have been filmed singing and jumping on furniture in an IKEA store after their World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden.

The Swede is not the only player to become a father during the current World Cup. When it gets to these games, they're not always as honest as they might be about how fit they are. "I never thought I'd see my team walk out in the World Cup final but who knows, we could do it".

Terry Shepherd, 65, from Stockton-on-Tees, in Durham, was in the stadium with his son Lee, 33.

The dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia in the last 16 caused wild celebration back in England and the team have captured the country's imagination.

Roy, 54, from Hereford, said: "I'm very nervous, they are very well structured as a side and I am very concerned about whether we can break them down".

Former midfielder Hakan Mild has been the most bolshie and claimed England do not have the determination required to triumph as they are "spoilt children who earn a lot of money" - comments that appear to have got under Southgate's skin.

Croatia or hosts Russian Federation lie in wait at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with manager Southgate telling his players to seize this opportunity of a generation. "Croatia are very technically gifted and could be a very hard opponent on the day".

"Now they have to stay calm and keep doing exactly what they've been doing because they look exciting and the dark horses in the competition".

"But I was talking to some of the girls and they actually preferred to meet England over Colombia because Colombia have more of a counter-attacking style".

The quality of the opposition must of course be considered - Tunisia and especially Panama have shown little defensive resistance - but England are playing with confidence and in Kane, they have one of the world's best finishers.

"We don't fear Croatia or Russian Federation and the final is a one-off game, so it's a lottery".

Maguire and Alli struck either side of half-time in Samara on Saturday to move the Three Lions into the last four, and they will face either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation on Wednesday.

In the second half, England doubled its advantage with a header from Dele Alli.

As of Friday, official Federation Internationale de Football Association ticket sales for the game stood at 32,000, meaning it was feared there could be as many as 10,000 empty seats at the 42,000-seater stadium.

The official attendance was read out over the PA system as 39,991 - just a couple of thousands short of capacity.

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