England football fans celebrate in the streets after victory over Sweden

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

After England's midfielder Dele Alli scored the team's second goal against Sweden, doubling their score in England's quarterfinal match, he celebrated by busting the following move from the popular survival video game.

England's deep run also is a surprise.

England crowned another goalscoring hero named Harry on Saturday, but it was Maguire, not Kane, who helped the Three Lions into the last four of a World Cup for the first time in a generation.

The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.

It proved to be a match too far for the Swedes, who got further at a World Cup then they ever did with Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the team's star for more than a decade - by being compact and hard to break down.

Not since Italia '90 and that penalty shoot-out heartbreak at the hands of West Germany have England been one win away from football's grandest stage.

Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made several crucial saves throughout the match to record the Three Lions' first clean sheet at Russian Federation 2018.

Forward Raheem Sterling has faced some criticism over his struggles to score for England and just before halftime his doubters were handed ammunition when he was twice left alone to bear down on Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.

This time he was onside but perhaps clouded by his long wait for a goal, Sterling decided against passing to an open team-mate and instead saw a shot deflected behind by Andreas Granqvist.

The Sweden team got in a huddle after the game and Andersson spoke to the players.

"[Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, I know you'll be doing your shape up but listen, look good, feel good, play good".

Zlatan, 36 - retired from global football but now playing for LA Galaxy - made a bet with Becks before Sweden played England in the World Cup yesterday.

"I gathered the players on the pitch and told them we had a bloody good tournament".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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