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Three Lions Roar Past Sweden And Into Semi-finals

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Harry Kane of England applauds the fans following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli got England a 2-0 win against Sweden in the World Cup Quarter-final.

Gareth Southgate’s men deserved the win and will now go into the Semi-final brimming with confidence after a dominant display against the Swedes.

The game got off to a slow start, with the only chances coming when Viktor Claesson drove the ball over the England crossbar from distance before Harry Kane dragged an effort wide from the edge of the penalty area after Raheem Sterling ran through the Swedish midfield unchallenged.

The opener finally came on the half-hour mark when Harry Maguire headed home an Ashley Young corner in emphatic fashion.

The goal seemed to wake the 1966 winners up, and they should have doubled their lead on various when Sterling kept on finding spaces behind the Swedish defence. The Manchester City frontman failed to beat the keeper from close range on both occasions.

Jordan Pickford made a stunning save just minutes into the second half when he got down low to keep out a Marcus Berg header from point-blank range with a one handed stop.

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England’s lead was doubled on 59 minutes when Lingard was allowed time and space to pick out a cross, and Alli was, astonishingly, allowed even more space to nod home completely unmarked at the back post.

Claesson forced another fine stop from Pickford, and when the Everton stopper made it a hat-trick of show-stopping saves from another Berg effort with 18 minutes remaining, England knew it was to be their day.

The Three Lions roar on into the last-four of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years; with the way this World Cup is shaping up, who knows if they can go all the way?

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