Concerned England fans make the same joke about the referee against Sweden

England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

11 - Dele's goal was England's 11th at Russian Federation 2018, equalling the country's record of most goals at a single World Cup set in 1966, the first and only edition when they went on to lift the trophy.

England manager Gareth Southgate described Jordan Pickford as the prototype of a modern goalkeeper after his saves helped book a place in the World Cup semi-finals . It was also their first clean sheet of this edition, helping them avoid the fate of the Belgium team from 1986, who were the last team make the semis without a single clean sheet.

Well, to be fair weddings are planned way ahead, and no one would have speculated that England would be playing a crucial match on the very day.

"I know loads of fans have come here and some have gone back home, but we are doing this for all of them".

Harry Maguire opened the scoring for England - heading the ball home from an Ashley Young corner half an hour into the game.

Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th, becoming - at 22 - the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup.


"We have got to keep on improving as staff and as players". Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box. "We worked on that in practice".

Dele Alli put England 2-0 up but Pickford also made another excellent save from Viktor Claesson, then tipped a Berg shot over the bar to ensure there was no nervous finale.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.

"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said. "You have to respect you are faced with a good keeper", Andersson said.

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

They have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups when he was in the squad, but have excelled in his absence.

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