England defeated Sweden in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup by 2 goals which were scored by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli. Their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played the most important role in the victory by keeping a clean sheet and saving great strikes which were coming in abundance from the Swedes. Read on…
This is England’s first appearance in a first World Cup semi-final since 1990, and it is an “incredible feeling”, says boss Gareth Southgate. England now prepares for a momentous match in Moscow on Wednesday against Croatia, who beat Russia on penalties. “I hope everyone at home enjoys tonight because it’s not often this happens,” Southgate told BBC Sport.
England has not reached the final since winning the World Cup in 1966, while it is only the third time they have reached the last four.
Jordan Pickford played a key role in England’s win after the Everton goalkeeper produced some fine saves including a superb stop to deny Marcus Berg. In the post-match interview, the 24-year-old said-
“I wasn’t born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final. We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history. We knew it was going to be difficult, we know what Sweden bring to the party and we managed it very well. After I made that first save from Berg, it set me up for the rest of the game. England fans are different class and we really enjoyed playing in that atmosphere,” he said.
England captain Harry Kane was not able to add any goals to his six goals at the tournament. The main man was happy with the team performance and in the interview, he said “I thought we were fantastic. We faced the long ball – different to what we have faced before – and we’re buzzing with the result.”
Dele Alli aged 22, became the second youngest England World Cup goalscorer after Michael Owen, who was 18 when he scored at France 1998.
“It’s a great achievement for the team and we owe it to the fans,” said the Tottenham midfielder.
“They have been believing in us. It was a great performance by the team. It’s always nice to score especially in occasions like this. I don’t think it was my best performance but to get a goal is unbelievable and it’s an amazing feeling to get to the semi-final,” he concluded.
The English fans are going all crazy in England with their team’s performance and they do believe that the trophy is Coming Home. What do you think so?