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11 July, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Carla Brady
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England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time to reach the quarter-finals, but upcoming opponents Sweden will pose another challenge that has proved notoriously hard in the past.

Southgate had the luxury of replacing the likes of Henderson and Sterling, and England will now turn their attention to Wednesday night where they will have the opportunity to reach their second World Cup final.

"We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure", said England coach Gareth Southgate. "I believe that they are perfectly able to go all the way".

England's Dele Alli scores their second goal in their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Few outside the England camp predicted such a remarkable run in Russian Federation, and after the match Southgate was in no mood to downplay the fact that his team are now within one game of a first World Cup final since 1966.

"We were faced with a really good opponent and we didn't get to peak performance, our personal best level that I've talked about before".

So, I am not anxious at all now, " he said.




Southgate feels privileged to "connect everyone through football" and hopes to keep the party going back home.

Lingard added another assist to his repertoire in the second half - his first-time cross picked out Dele Alli at the back post who headed home.

England forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden.

Others noted that it's not the first Fortnite dance Alli has done during a game, nor is it the first time one of the dances has been performed during the World Cup.

Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the USA, challenged the former England captain on Saturday to a wager on the outcome of today's game. "Whoever we play, we will be ready to go again". Not even the England side from the early 21st century, containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney, ever got this far at a major tournament.

Fabian Delph 6 - On for Alli late in the game, Delph made sure England continue to tick over in possession and resisted any comeback from Sweden.

Sweden came racing out of the gates in the second half, with Marcus Berg's driven header forcing a stunning diving save from Jordan Pickford with just a minute played since the restart of play.

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