Gareth Southgate's England rewriting history as Sweden loom in World Cup do-or-die

10 July, 2018, 10:23 | Author: Alyssa Little
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The pair put pride on the line with a wager on the outcome of their nations' quarter-final clash in Samara on Saturday.

Croatia, England's next opponents, have constantly varied formation and shifted around their team but Southgate is unlikely to react.

The goals were scored by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and both were well-worked thumping headers and those two also have wonderful stories to tell.

But experiencing the misery at Euro 2016 as players - or as a fan in the stadium like Maguire -helped a Harry Kane-led England advance relatively serenely to its first World Cup semifinal since 1990, according to Southgate.

Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first worldwide goal and reward England for their more adventurous approach in a largely cautious first half.

"But this time it might be different and we dare to dream".

The possibility of securing a World Cup semifinal berth should have been enough incentive for the Swedish and English fans to make a beeline for Samara. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in global soccer. It was Maguire's first worldwide goal, and England's 10th of the tournament.

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"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said afterwards. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".

Sweden manager Janne Andersson had warned his side England were a match for them at set-pieces, and so it proved when Maguire connected with Ashley Young's corner after a low-key first half hour.

England were eliminated from the 1982 World Cup, after a second group stage, without losing a game in Spain, while Diego Maradona's genius and sleight of hand did for Robson's team in the 1986 quarterfinals.

At the final whistle, Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there were The Beatles and All You Need is Love.

For Sweden, they didn't quite trouble England as much as they would have liked, but with no top striker - such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Henrik Larsson in years gone by - they were always going to struggle at the top end of the pitch. "And I think we have a crew of about 30".

For Sweden, who failed to qualify for the previous two World Cups, it was their best result since finishing third at the 1994 finals. It's a chance to clamber onto traffic lights, fling beer in the air and toast the success of the footballers in an outpouring of delirium not witnessed across England since the last century.

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