England stars relax with yoga after stunning quarter-final victory over Sweden

10,000 empty seats as England clash with Sweden for place in World Cup semi-finals

England's match against Sweden is their biggest since their last World Cup quarter-final twelve years ago, against Portugal at Germany 2006.

Maguire outjumped the much smaller Emil Forsberg to nod low into the corner, as England scored for the eighth time in Russian Federation from a dead-ball situation.

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.

"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final", said Pickford.

Employed deeper, to the left of Jordan Henderson, he has been asked to fulfil a different role for England and it is taking some adapting to.

"That's so important for us on Saturday because I always think Sweden like to point out we're paid this and that, and we're the team of entitlement, when I don't think that is the case for this group".

England's Dele Alli, left, celebrates with England's Harry Maguire, center and England's Marcus Rashford, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England.

"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said.

He added: "Since I've come into the England camp, Gareth has shown great faith in me, great trust and given me great confidence to go out and play".

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

Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first worldwide goal and reward England for their more adventurous approach in a largely cautious first half.

Viktor Claesson drilled over for Sweden early on with an ambitious attempt from distance, while Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, dragged wide after a penetrating run by Raheem Sterling. They are really important messages for us.

With England a goal up, but needing to keep the ball better, Southgate could easily have hooked Dele at half-time and called for Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Eric Dier.

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

It was from his headed assist that Harry Kane scored the last-gasp victor against Tunisia.

England produced a composed display to frustrate Sweden just days after triumphing on penalties against Colombia and are now preparing for a shot at the final in Moscow this Wednesday.



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