England reach first semifinal since 1990

England reach first semifinal since 1990

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England met Sweden in an oddly subdued game, with numerous stadium's seats left free despite the importance of the World Cup quarter final, and Germany may be to blame.

"We show them the respect we do to every team, there are still a few days until the game but we do our research on them".

Far more fancied England sides had failed to reach the last four in the past but Gareth Southgate's young squad powered on as they continued to make a mockery of dampened pre-tournament expectations with another impressive display in Russian Federation on Sunday (NZ time).

Sweden remain one of the least fancied teams in the knockout stages, but captain Andreas Granqvist admitted that could play to their advantage. "They are forceful and well organised".

Since coming in, the former defender and his team have looked to instil a new philosophy in the players and the coach was quick to credit these changes with England's success in Russian Federation.

"However, there is no such thing as a weak team in a World Cup. We have had good results against them - so to me it doesn't really matter".

"Hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at global level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs, whether in England or overseas, that English players can play". "That's what we want to do".

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Victory was just reward for England's tenacity and togetherness, not to mention Jordan Pickford's excellence in goal, but sober reflection might uncover areas for improvement.

Gareth Southgate's side recorded a comfortable victory over a limited Sweden side to set up a game against either Russian Federation or Croatia for a place in the World Cup final.

He said the players are desperate to make next Sunday's final as an improbable triumph edges ever closer.

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"We don't want to go home, we want to go all the way".

"We don't know who we play yet". We believe we can still improve a lot, so we will try to do that.

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