England swept Sweden aside in an emphatic display, winning 2-0 in a keenly contested last eight clash at the Samara Arena on Saturday to reach their first semifinals since Italia’90.
The Three Lions who have had a great tournament so far, losing only once to Belgium in five straight games at the Russia2018 FIFA World Cup, were easily the better of the two teams on the day with a display certain to draw accolades from millions of adoring fans back home.
Gareth Southgate’s men appear to have gotten into their stride after conquering their familiar penalty hoodoo with their famous shootout win against Colombia, and are suddenly looking like favourites to wrest the ultimate diadem in the wake of the collapse of such teams as Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, and others.
The Three Lions’ newfound swag was evident throughout Saturday’s game with the Swedes as it took just two headers from the duo of Harry Maguire in the 30th minute, and Dele Alli in the 58th, to put them on the road to their first semis for 28 years when they defeated Cameroun 3-2.
Leicester City’s Maguire had whipped home an Ashley Young’s corner kick before Alli killed off the game with yet another header in the second half off a ball which bounced off a Jesse Lingard effort. Alli who had missed a similar effort against Colombia was this time lucky as he nodded home the winner to confirm England for the last four.
They will be expected now to clash with the winner of the Russia/ Croatia clash later on Saturday.