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England will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years when they take on Sweden this afternoon. Dele Alli and Harry Maguire scored the goals as England beat Sweden 2-0 to go through to wednesdays semi final with Croatia. He missed the Panama and Belgium games, and still looked to be struggling with it when he returned against Colombia.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Wembley to watch England play in the near future and will be sporting a Three Lions shirt while downing fish and chips after losing a bet to former teammate David Beckham.

England's deep run also is a surprise.

England battles Russian Federation or Croatia in the World Cup semifinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Sweden were a far cry from the side that denied Holland qualification to the World Cup, knocked Italy out of the play-offs and prevented holders Germany making it out of their group.

"I know the fans here are enjoying it", Kane said.

"I believe that they will be perfectly able to go all the way".

England's Marcus Rashford, left, comforts Sweden's Victor Lindelof at the end of their quarterfinal match.

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. First, Young put Sterling through on goal, but, one-on-one against Robin Olsen, he hesitated and allowed the Sweden goalkeeper to save.

The Americans seem to be going off the boil with their World Cup fever, with England and Croatia demoted to the sidebar.

Viktor Claesson's hopeful effort from distance was the best rudimentary Sweden managed in a scrappy opening, but the Three Lions were doing little better as Alli overhit a through ball after snatching possession off over-confident Emil Krafth. "We worked on that in practice". I would like to pay tribute to both the team and the coach. "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

"The first 30 minutes we were under control until the corner and they scored".

Confidence, optimism and expectation is sweeping the country as England supporters dare to dream football may be on its way home.

Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. We had to score those of course but we were faced with a good team. "I wanted to say that already on the pitch, too, to our players".

There is still much work to do if England are to reach their first World Cup final since lifting the trophy on home soil at Wembley in 1966.


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