Saturday 7th July 2018

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Sweden 0 England 2

England are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 thanks to Harry Maguire and Dele Alli headers against Sweden.

Gareth Southgate’s side now face hosts Russia or Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium for a place in next Sunday’s final.

Maguire rose highest to thump home Ashley Young’s first-half cross, the eighth of England’s 11 goals at this World Cup to come from a set-piece.

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England keeper Jordan Pickford pulled off three fantastic saves to keep Sweden out – first turning away a Marcus Berg header, then producing a low stop from Viktor Claesson and finally tipping Berg’s shot over the bar.

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Alli was unmarked to turn home Jesse Lingard’s cross against a lacklustre Sweden in Samara.

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The Three Lions are in the last four for only the third time. They went on to win their home tournament in 1966 but lost to West Germany on penalties in 1990.

But the peculiar way this World Cup has shaped up means they will now play the team ranked 20th or 70th in the world for a place in the final – against either Belgium or France.

It’s Coming Home

(I think it’s bad news for the English game)
(We’re not creative enough and we’re not positive enough)

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Football’s coming home

(we’ll go on getting bad results)

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Football’s coming home
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Football’s coming home
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Football’s coming home

Everyone seems to know the score,
They’ve seen it all before
They just know, they’re so sure
That England’s gonna throw it away, gonna blow it away
But I know they can play,
‘Cause I remember

Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Thirty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming

So many jokes, so many sneers
But all those “oh so near’s”
Wear you down, through the years
But I still see that tackle by Moore
And when Lineker scored, Bobby belting the ball
And Nobby dancing

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Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Thirty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming

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And then one night in Rome
We were strong
We had grown
And now I see
Ince ready for war
Gazza good as before
Shearer certain to score
And Psycho screaming

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(England have done it! In the last minute of extra time!)
(What a save, Gordon Banks!)
(Good old England, England that couldn’t play football)
(England have got it in the bag)

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I know that was then, but it could be again..

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Footballs coming home
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Footballs coming home

(England have done it)

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Footballs coming home
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming,
Footballs coming home

Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Thirty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming

Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Thirty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming

Three lions on a shirt
Jules Rimet still gleaming
Thirty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming

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