England manager Gareth Southgate hails 'incredible feeling' after beating Sweden

England manager Gareth Southgate hails 'incredible feeling' after beating Sweden

Gareth Southgate's men progressed to only their third World Cup semi-final on Saturday as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored headers to secure a 2-0 win in Samara.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored the goals, as Sweden was denied over and over again by Jordan Pickford in goal, who made three massive saves.

England fans in London were so overwhelmed by their team's World Cup quarterfinal win over Sweden on Saturday that they took their excitement to a local IKEA store. I would like to pay tribute to both the team and the coach.

After a tepid opening half hour, Maguire was able to spring above his marker and latch on to the end of a floated Ashley Young corner to give the Three Lions the lead. "We have had good results against them - so to me it doesn't really matter".

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"Of course, when you sit and think about the people who've got to this point before, people I hugely respect and admire, it's hard to put that into perspective, really".

'I got over that (penalty) pretty quickly, just getting focused on the next game, ' he said.

"It's great to see all of the players sat with their families out there because they feel like they've been part of this in the last few weeks as well".

Sweden were undone at two set pieces - goals from which are becoming quite a trend for England - but the Swedish manager lavished praise on England for being "the best team".

England used this as an opportunity to punish their opponents for not heading home by doing so themselves.

For the second goal, Jesse Lingard served up the ball to an unmarked Alli, who nodded in from close range.

"We're in a World Cup semi-final".

The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.

Sweden have made 140 defensive clearances at Russian Federation 2018, more than any other team.

Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart.

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