Sweden coach says England 'can go all the way'

Sweden coach says England 'can go all the way'

Sweden coach says England 'can go all the way'

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side was "not the finished article" after qualifying for the country's first World Cup 2018 semi-final appearance since 1990 with a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday.

Jordan Pickford did make a number of fine saves, but England comfortably advanced into the last four, and now face a semi-final clash with Croatia in Saint-Petersburg on Wednesday.

England defeated Sweden 2-0 to secure a berth in the semifinals of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup. In saying that England are still not creating enough clear-cut chances and know this ultimately catch them out against the best teams, of which Croatia are one.

"In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you have those games and thankfully the team played so well".

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).

According to the hotel management, they believe the alarm went off due to either someone smoking in their room or someone accidentally hitting a fire alarm switch.

'I think we've developed very well here, we've showed a good level and had the right attitude, commitment and fight from the beginning, ' said Dier, a late substitute against Sweden.

Lindelof has proven to me and many United fans keeping a close eye that he can play the hard way.

England used this as an opportunity to punish their opponents for not heading home by doing so themselves.

There was emotional scenes in Russian Federation and at home among the England fans, who have long suffered from tournament heartbreak.

When Alli got in behind some poor Swedish defense to meet a Jesse Lingard cross at the back post, England went two-up. "The resilience of the team and togetherness of the team today was crucial".

England held the lead through the halftime whistle before Dele Alli picked up some insurance.

"We have got to keep on improving as staff and as players".

"We are in the World Cup semi-finals".

Pickford was tested for the first time early in the second half when Marcus Berg forced him into super save to his left.

Like several of his team-mates Alli has experienced life away from football's top table and was plying his trade with MK Dons during the last World Cup.

"He's the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", Southgate said of Pickford, who only made his worldwide debut last November. "To get through the two games this week we needed all of that".

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