England fans celebrate World Cup win over Sweden at IKEA

Dele Alli's direct tweet to England fans about the World Cup is absolute class

After the tension of extra-time and penalties in a bad-tempered clash with Colombia, England's progress to the last four was relatively serene in easing past Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

Should Southgate's team go one step further than the 1990 team did, they would meet either France or Belgium in their first World Cup final in over half a century.

He still wears the same shin pads he had as an 11-year-old, despite at one stage losing them for six months, and has a series of rituals he performs ahead of every game.

Sterling celebrates with his teammates during England's win over Sweden. Gareth Southgate sets the tone very well with the team and in interviews - they don't get too high when it's going well or too low when it isn't.

"We are in the semi-final now and, as a team, we think we should be in the final".

England face Croatia on Wednesday in the semi-final with a chance to face France or Belgium in Sunday's final in Moscow on the line.

The Atletico Madrid defender was substituted off in the seventh minute of extra time in Croatia's shootout win over hosts Russian Federation on Saturday, and Marca (h/t The Sun's Richard Forrester) reported he won't recover in time for their tussle with the Three Lions.

Gareth Southgate admits he has got carried away (Owen Humphreys/PA).

"We have kept things the same throughout the whole tournament, keep going in the same way and we will do also leading up to Wednesday", he said.

"As a kid, you have dreams of playing and scoring for England and how it would feel", he told England's YouTube channel. N'Golo Kante is in the running for World Cup Golden Ball, and Kylian Mbappe is the favorite to win the Best Young Player award, Antoine Griezmann is ever-dependable and Paul Pogba is flourishing.

"I don't know what you're saying in the dressing room to the players, but whatever you're saying, it's working".

I genuinely don't think they'll fail the test.

"There has been a lot of changes since that moment (defeat to Iceland in the last 16), a moment where we were honestly extremely disappointed and we knew we couldn't let that happen again".

Alli did not say whether Grange had cast her psychologist's eye over his lengthy list of pre-match rituals.



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