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Rugby Union - June Internationals - New Zealand vs France - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand - June 23, 2018 - Damian McKenzie of New Zealand celebrates with team mate Aaron Smith after scoring a try. REUTERS/Ross Setford
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Rugby Union - June Internationals - New Zealand vs France - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand - June 23, 2018 - Damian McKenzie of New Zealand celebrates with team mate Aaron Smith after scoring a try. REUTERS/Ross Setford
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it would just be fantastic if it could go on a little longer. Sweden are not going to make things easy today and are another of the sort of teams England usually lose to. The players aren't as good but they play as a team, the underdog tends to find an extra per cent of effort and a wee mistake here, a lapse of concentration there and it's trouble. If you then you don’t don’t love deserve me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/iF9g830nw1— James McNicholas (@jamesmcnicholas) June 24, 2018 But this is a new England. England 2.0. Gareth Southgate's England. And even though there are people walking around the streets singing football's coming home all of the time, it doesn't feel like that old-school 'we are mental and you better watch yer mouth m8' type. It's just folk who are actually enjoying having a bit of pride in their team. And so, kick off at 3pm, a tricky Sweden side to beat... what will happen if England lose? Will that good mood dissipate? Dissolve into rain, trickle down the street and into the gutter? Will the players come back defeated? Or will they leave a lasting legacy not unlike Euro 96 where most supporters sort of feel like they've already won anyway? ��https://t.co/gfbvndsz9m— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 7, 2018 England should beat Sweden. They are a good team, have a few very talented players and a lot of belief without real pressure. This really could be their time. Can you even imagine what would happen if they win and reach the semi-final? It would just be... wait... what's that sound? That same piano chord repeated four times, jaunty, uplifting... a trumpet... "it's coming
England outclass Sweden to advance to World Cup semi-finals where they will face Croatia
England to face Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow Southgate has liberated England and now the country’s ambitions ought to be higher than 1990 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup They will say it was only Sweden, they will say England were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with three quite brilliant saves, they will even say the nations in the other half of the quarter-final draw will all have won this tie comfortably but, frankly, who cares? Who really cares? England are in the semi-final of the World Cup, where they will face Croatia who saw off the World Cup hosts Russia on penalties, and they deserve it. How they deserve it. They are in the last four for the first time since 1990, for 28 long years and only the third time ever, and the dreams, the hopes, the euphoria will rise and rise and rise even further until they play again in Moscow on Wednesday. The unlikely reconnection is complete and the summer of 2018 will rank alongside those of 1990 and 1996, when semi-finals were reached, and maybe it has surpassed them already given how low expectation was and how high disenchantment had become in recent years and tournaments. A corner has been turned which, given the number of goals scored from corners, is pretty apt. But can they go all the way? Can they bring it home as they did 52 years ago? England keep getting told they will have to play better but there are now only four countries who can be crowned world champions and they are one of them. At the final whistle Three Lions played and then, as a jubilant Gareth Southgate pumped the air in front of the England fans, there was The Beatles and “All You Need is Love”. And there is so much to love about this new England. Gareth Southgate acknowledges the fans after the final whistle Credit: FIFA From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending team-work and desire to play for England and do so in the right way. Like brothers, Kane said, and the band of brothers are heading for Moscow for at least one more game and maybe two with the final in the Russian capital on July 15. 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 they were not alone in standing tall. There was John Stones, now a leader in defence, there was Jordan Henderson, controlling midfield, and there was Raheem Sterling who may have missed a golden chance but who stretched the Swedes when all they wanted to do was stay compact and grind this out to a closer finish. And there was Kieran Trippier, who is a kind of English Cafu with a David Beckham delivery. Average touch positions (0 min) It was never going to be a classic. But it was a classic. The classic was what it meant and what it means the length and breadth of the country but even out here in Russia the sense of excitement can be felt. And a sense of fun both on and off the pitch. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters. England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last-16. That, in itself, was another sign of progress. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages. That record speaks for itself. England vs Sweden, player ratings So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no-one down the right. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England’s approach. In a goalless opening half hour it was hard work. England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup. It came from a rare moment when they quickened the pace to earn that opportunity. Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) Ashley Young swung the corner in and the ‘love train’ - of players lining up behind each other to stop themselves being blocked off - broke to create space for Maguire who proved too strong for his marker, Emil Forsberg. A meaty header nestled in the net with no Swedish defender covering the post. Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that. Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring his team's first goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES Before half-time it should have been two but Sterling wasted a clear chance after being picked out by Henderson with a long ball forward which was nimbly taken down only for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to get a hand to it as he attempted to round him. Even then it fell to Sterling although instead of teeing up Kane he decided to shoot with the ball deflected over by Andreas Granqvist. The fear was England would pay the price but Pickford made the first of his hat-trick of saves as Sweden finally responded when Marcus Berg met a cross, above Young, and the goalkeeper dived to his left to push the header out one-handed. It proved so important. Soon after, Trippier checked and played the ball inside to Jesse Lingard who crossed deep. Alli, whose place had been under threat, drifted away from Emil Krafth and planted a firm header over the hands of Olsen. Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) Game over? Not quite. Pickford excelled again with another one-handed save to deny Viktor Claesson after he was set up by Berg with a smart flick into his path. Even then Henderson threw himself to block the follow-up and, finally, Pickford tipped over a powerful rising shot on the turn from Berg to gain his first clean sheet and the first for England in a World Cup quarter-final. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits. England beat Sweden... | ...World Cup semi-finals await 10:14PM All you need to know about Croatia What is their World Cup record? Twenty years ago Croatia reached the last four with a brilliant team including the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonomir Boban and Slaven Bilic. They knocked Germany out in the last eight before losing to France in the semi-finals, but since then they have struggled - until this year. Group Stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014 were split by a failure to qualify in 2010 but this Croatian side is the best since those days of the late 90s. What’s their history with England? England have generally had the upper hand - with one obvious exception. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 2008 European Championships, but apart from that the Three Lions’ record is good. They have met once previously in tournament football, when Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 4-2 win at Euro 2004, and Theo Walcott claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 win in Zagreb in 2008. Steve McClaren’s reign as manager was brought to an end by a 3-2 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Credit: Reuters How do they play? In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best central midfield in the competition. Everything flows through them, but Mario Mandzukic is an excellent frontman and Dejan Lovren has enjoyed a fine tournament at the back. Keep an eye out, too, for Ivan Perisic, a man Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to bring to Manchester United last summer and one who has yet to fully catch fire at this tournament. What is their form like? Croatia were arguably the best side in the Group Stages, with their 3-0 win over Argentina certainly the finest individual performance, while they comfortably beat Nigeria and still won against Iceland despite resting a number of key players. But they have been less impressive in the knockout stages, requiring penalties to beat both Denmark and the hosts, Russia. 9:51PM And England will play........ CROATIA for a place in the World Cup final! Croatia eventually saw off the host nation to reach the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. At least #ENG will face a team who should genuinely be knackered after two penalty shootouts. Would that have been the case had #CRO not won...?— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) July 7, 2018 9:25PM So football is coming home - right? Here's our compilation of some of the best celebrations and reactions to England's victory. 8:34PM The boys from Barnsley and Leeds have done good Here's a snipppet of what our chief football writer, Sam Wallace, had to say on England's fantastic victory: In less than two years, Southgate has transformed so many things about the England team and he has never wavered in the value he sees in the young English players, like him, who fought their way up through the academies of less celebrated clubs. As his team eased into the last four of the world, with a goal from one Sheffield lad, and another from Milton Keynes, Southgate was far too polite to claim his vindication. He did not need to: the monumental achievements of his team speak for themselves, the quiet dedication of this splendid set of young English footballers is really self evident. A World Cup semi-final is uncharted waters for all of those who have watched England over the years and when a Brazilian journalist later demanded to know “the secrets of the Southgate revolution” it was safe to say that too was a first. 6:45PM If you cannot enjoy being an England fan now then you never will Not my words, but those of our very own Luke Edwards. Read his take on it here. Here's a wee taster: Whenever there is an outbreak of unrestrained, unhindered and uninhibited pride in the exploits of our national team, there tends to be a counter movement, which sneers and chastise those who have allowed emotions to take over. That is their loss. Like the person who goes to a night club and stands, sipping water, assessing the rhythmic ability of those on the dancefloor rather than jumping into the middle of it and joining in, they are so determined to remain detached they forget to enjoy themselves. But if you cannot enjoy this, then you must ask yourself what is the point? 6:28PM The players react Wow... What a feeling! World Cup Semi Final. Bring it on ����������������❤️ pic.twitter.com/VlzZx5Lo1U— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018 Gareth Southgate orchestrates the crowd to a chorus of... come on you know the words!@England are into a #WorldCup semi-final! pic.twitter.com/mZmhwSR2LO— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 7, 2018 6:27PM Celebrating in the sky Redbull Matadors celebrate England's win over Sweden Redbull Matadors, which Google tells me are planes, have sprayed "2-0" into the sky over Blackpool promenade. Pretty cool. 6:26PM I've found it! The most English photograph of all time: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's a pub in Manchester. 6:19PM Matt Law's reaction to the game If you're having a bit of a rest from dancing around the bar/living room/outside, here's something to read while you cool down. How Dele Alli proved Gareth Southgate right for sticking by him against Sweden. 6:16PM Southgate applauding the fans Credit: FIFA He's so damn classy. 6:12PM Who will England play in the semi-final? Follow Russia vs Croatia in our liveblog to find out who will play England in the semi-final. It's hard to say who Southgate would prefer out of those two teams. Croatia are by far the better team but Russia have home advantage, which has proven to be incredibly valuable so far. Kick off for that one is at 7pm but you can follow the build-up and action with Ben Coles right now. 6:09PM He's a classy guy Southgate currently insisting on passing on the credit to his players, his staff, his players' families, the squad's three stand-by players, Alex Ox-Chamberlain and Joe Hart's save against Slovenia in qualifying— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 7, 2018 And Sweden seem nice too: Congrats, England! It was a deserved victory, can't deny it. Well played! #WorldCup2018— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2018 And something else you might like... FILL IN THE BLANK. Pep Guardiola is managing in Spain in 2010. Spain wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in Germany in 2014. Germany wins the World Cup. Pep Guardiola is managing in England in 2018. _________ wins the World Cup.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) July 7, 2018 6:04PM We shouldn't cheer on people like this... But it is very funny. The scenes at Clapham Junction (wait until the end) #itsComingHome#threeloins �� pic.twitter.com/9Mx032szeC— Jamie Hopkins (@Hoppo112) 7 July 2018 Seriously though, if you are going to go nuts partying on the street, take care! Don't do anything too stupid. 6:02PM Henrik Larsson and Glenn Hoddle Poor Henrik���� taking a ribbing from the @england fans but he’s taking it in good spirits. His and Glenn’s reaction coming up now on @ITV. �������������� If you can hear us - IT’S NOISY!!! ���� #ThreeLionspic.twitter.com/DTNqotyUMA— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 6:01PM Sir Geoff Hurst And the other interesting thing about this is that people are genuinely arguing with a World Cup winner that he's wrong about Sterling. Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted. One to take home! #ENGSWE#WorldCup#ItsComingHome— Sir Geoff Hurst (@TheGeoffHurst) July 7, 2018 Twitter is an awful invention and a scurge on humanity #justsaying. It will lead to the rise of the machines, which as we all now know, will look exactly like Fabian Delph's wife. 5:53PM The army's getting involved In a good way. I realise that that sentence in a context related to Russia isn't really something you want. It’s coming home. The Bands of the Guards Division played a special rendition of Three Lions on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final showdown with Sweden. #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/ftgDSwzPcX— British Army (@BritishArmy) July 7, 2018 5:49PM England players celebrate in the stands with friends and family Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: GETTY IMAGES 5:42PM Are England actually quite good? It's hard to tell isn't it? Sweden didn't even get close to them there and we're speaking out a team who knocked Germany out of the competition. For me it's all about the preparation. Southgate prepares for everything like an actual proper manager, the kind of thing you hear someone like Pep Guardiola has done and think 'ahhh he's a genius'. Southgate is treating this England team as though it's an elite group of footballers and not just a good bunch of English lads who need to stick and get the job done - everything has been done to ensure they can perform. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The shape works, the system makes sense and the players are performing well but the biggest win of all seems to be how Southgate treats the psychological side of the game. As one of the most famous penalty missers of all time, he's definitely been through some hard times in his professional career but having confronted those memories and learning from them, taking advice from experts and instilling a sense of pride and enthusiasm in the players, he's just getting so much from them. The set pieces thing is unbelievable. It seems so simple, like when you hear a guy from school has made some little plastic thing that makes sandwiches stay fresh (my brain's a bit cross-wired from typing for four hours but let's go with it) and you see it and think 'my god, that's so obvious'. Craft beer. That's a better one. You start making delicious craft beer in your garage and a few years later you own BrewDog. It seems so obvious now! England's set-pieces are their craft beer and the intelligent, sophisticated and professional approach they've taken is like how dreadful chain restaurants and bars are going out of business. The people who think forward and really care about what they're doing are the ones who survive. I think England might be quite good. 5:34PM The fans seem to be enjoying themselves They’re going nowhere any time soon! pic.twitter.com/puOOeuUg6D— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) July 7, 2018 5:27PM England fans reacting across the country Looks kinda fun. Even as Scottish person I really want to go to these places. 5:25PM Player ratings England vs Sweden, player ratings 5:25PM Just saying... It's England's first men's World Cup semi-final since 1990. The women did it three years ago.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) July 7, 2018 5:23PM Gareth Southgate's post-match interview "We knew it was going to be a different game to the other night, the emotion of penalties, to lift us through a completely different test against Sweden - they don't let you play. iI's a very physical test. To come through it was crucial. "We identified a few areas where we might break them down. Set plays again yes but that's because we got in good areas on the pitch. Over the years we've underestimated them. Our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little better, "Pickford has been excellent, his distribution was superb. "We've said to Dele he's at his best making the runs he made today. Really pleased for him, that's some drought he's had! "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad and the staff, you don't get through with just 11 players. Their mentality to train, Cahill, Jones Welbeck their approach to training is top top top. "We've approached every game in that way, we don't know who we'll play again. Russia in Moscow would be an incredible to be involved in wouldn't it? I hope everyone enjoys tonight. " "No idea if that means anything at all. All I know is that the managers that have got to semi-finals are people I really respect." And here's his lookalike: 5:17PM Sweden players applaud the fans Credit: AP 5:15PM Kyle Walker already taking the **** Yeah so a good header doesn’t hurt. I mean the moment you head it proper, you feel it’s a good one. Know what I mean love? pic.twitter.com/a5b8UqDjv2— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018 5:13PM Fabian Delph says his wife is a machine It's hard to put into words. It's been an amazing week for me, I'd like to thank Gareth - I have done - for me to be back with my wife for my child. I think the penalties put her into labour to be honest so I've Hendo to thank for that. To be going through to the next round is amazing. In our circle, in our little bubble, we're not really sure what it's like but I had a few days there and it was scary. Everyone seems to be up for it. She's (his wife) fantastic, we had a home birth, my wife's a machine. We've not got a name yet... What about Samara? "Well I did mention that! It's not something you want to miss, it's once in a lifetime. But so is tonight!" 5:08PM Jordan Pickford post-match Credit: BBC Great result, we knew it was going to be difficult against Sweden, we knew what they'd bring to the party. You've got to be ready from the start, which I was, you have to be alert. The first save was against Berg in 47 minutes and that was me set for the game. England fans are different class, we really enjoyed playing. When the fans are like that it's so much better it makes us relaxed. We've always said take it game by game, we can create our own history but now it's about recovering for the next game. 5:05PM Some stats for you England have qualified for their third World Cup semi-final, also reaching that stage in 1966 and 1990. Sweden have lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006. This was England’s first win in a knockout match in a major tournament since beating Ecuador in the Last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. Six of England’s last 11 goals against Sweden have been scored via headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli). England – who scored with both shots on target in this match – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966. Dele Alli is the second youngest player to score for England at the World Cup (22y 87d), behind only Michael Owen (18y 190d against Romania in 1998). Harry Maguire scored his first goal for England, and in doing so became the first player to score their first England goal in a World Cup knockout match since Rio Ferdinand in 2002 against Denmark. Jordan Pickford made three saves in this match and kept a clean sheet, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d). England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight). 5:05PM Dele Alli post-match "It's a great achievement for the team. "It's always nice to score especially on occasions like this. I don't feel this was my best performance on the pitch but for the team and the country to be in a semi-final is amazing. "[Pickford] proved in the last game how big he is for this team so we'll all be celebrating together." 5:00PM Harry Kane and Harry Maguire Kane "So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it difficult. Long balls, set-pieces, crosses in the box... "We know. We still know there's a big game ahead, we looked composed, like we controlled the game, we just have to go again. I'm sure the fans back home... we'll see some videos." Maguire "It can't come better than that, quarter final of the World Cup. We felt like we dominated the ball, bit sloppy towards the end of the second half it was a bit too open, we knew what would hurt them. We worked on that in training so credit to the staff." Is football coming home? "Hopefully. Fingers crossed." 4:57PM Klinsmann says "It's people management, no different to any other organisation. He keeps it light, positive, smiling, joking and that's how they are playing!" 4:57PM Reaction around the country Leeds London Bristol Credit: GETTY IMAGES 4:55PM Alan Shearer says "I never felt nervous during the game!" It's so weird. England are in the semi-final of the World Cup and haven't even really been tested yet! At the same time they've been genuinely impressive, look balanced, defend well, have energy... and belief! 4:53PM First things first England to face Russia or Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Who will England face in the semi-finals and what TV channel is it on? 4:52PM It begins... 4:51PM FULL TIME ENGLAND ARE IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWWWWW! 4:51PM 90 mins+5 - Sweden 0 England 2 "You look at Sweden, 4-4-2... this is how we used to play!" says Martin Keown, just as Larsson throws Kane to the floor in frustration. Yellow card for Sunderland and a free-kick for England wide left of the Sweden box. Kane shields the ball in the corner. Sweden launch it, Olsson overlaps and Rashford tracks him, forces him back and then Maguire beasts in to smash a header away. Lingard has time and space to run with the ball and goes to the corner. This is it. The final few seconds. 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 0 England 2 Rashford is on for Sterling. England fans are singing loudly, Sweden knocking the ball long and losing the aerial battles. England hoofing the thing away. England have dominated a World Cup quarter final. I don't know what universe this is any more. 4:47PM 90 mins+1 - Sweden 0 England 2 Over the bar! And in the midst of that, after the whistle and just as the taker normally steps up, Young sprinted from the wall to the near post then back again. I'm going to assume that's just to put a bit of doubt in Larsson so he sees that the near post is covered. So many devious mental tactics going on in this England team! Since when were footballers so smart? 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England drop deep as Sweden come at them. Granqvist is furious as Maguire gives him a slight nudge on the edge of the area. Free-kick... in a very dangerous position. Seb Larsson has scored a lot of these in his career... 4:45PM 89 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Right I’m all in . It’s coming home— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018 Guidetti is booked. England sacking Allardyce to win the World Cup exclusively with set-piece goals is a great arc.— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) July 7, 2018 England still in total control of the ball here. Sweden don't have anything here to really harm them. Sterling and Delph get in each others' way while trying to get onto the ball inside the Sweden penalty area. Goal kick. 4:43PM 87 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 I'm pretty sure Lingard is solar powered. He hasn't stopped running since the first whistle and he's someone found the energy to run across the pitch to keep the ball, then speed onto the return from a one-two and wins a free-kick. This time Sweden deal with it and counter... but Maguire fouls at source to stop the break! It's sneaky defending but exactly what he needs to do. Yellow card for Maguire. 4:41PM 85 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is the weirdest routine we've seen from England. The free-kick is all lined up and after a few seconds, Henderson comes over and tells his teammates to change things and points to some other places. It's misdirection (I think) and causes a bit of confusion but Trippier's delivery is poor and behind for a goal kick. 4:39PM 83 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Young jumps in the air and throws his leg at a pass to divert it back to his goalkeeper. He might just be pretty good at defending after all. England are managing this game really well and yes, I am also surprised. The passing is good, they're keeping Sweden on the back foot and now Trippier has won a free-kick wide right by being first to another 50/50. 4:37PM 81 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Sweden players are starting to really wind up England defenders and Stones has had just about enough. Pickford is fired up too and fronts up to Berg. 4:35PM 79 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England have a chance! Trippier hits a low cross into the box but Sterling is beaten to it. Sweden are getting frustrated... Stones has a heated argument with Guidetti after a collision off the ball. Krafth has taken an (accidental) elbow in his Special Zone and, understandably, is having a little lie down to recover. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is 'completely surprised' that he's being substituted, having moved to the opposite end of the pitch. The referee doesn't buy it, Alli does some acting and makes his way off. He is replaced by Delph, which seems like just about the most sensible change Southgate could make right now. Delph will help in the midfield to really shut this one down. That wsaid, it's only a two goal lead. One back from Sweden and this could completely change. 4:31PM 75 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Henderson is still keeping everything together in midfield. Delph is getting ready to come on now. Maguire goes straight through Claesson in a 50/50 and wins the ball, Claesson goes down but doesn't get a free-kick and play goes on. England keep the ball in Sweden's half, move it back and Pickford comes 30 yards off his line to keep possession. He seems to realise all of a sudden that he's not really meant to be there and so punts the ball out for a goal kick. 4:29PM 73 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 pic.twitter.com/1tBzS7Gkab— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) 7 July 2018 Ross Kemp is enjoying himself anyway. 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Olsson is taking up really wide positions on the left wing and he's being given a lot of space. He can only use that if Sweden shift the ball to him quickly but England move over and close him down. This is promising from Sweden now! They win the knockdown from a long ball from the keeper, there's space in behind and it's a three vs three! The cross comes into Guidetti, who controls, spins and SHOOTS! Tipped over the bar by Pickford! Another brilliant save! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Marcus Berg, 71 min) 4:26PM 70 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 This is great pressure from England. They're pressing high and winning the ball up the pitch, never letting Sweden escape. Alli takes a shot from distance which takes a deflection and earns another corner. Trippier's delivery from wide has been superb today so far. 4:24PM 68 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Credit: PA Credit: REUTERS There are about 25 minutes late and England are in control of the game. 4:23PM 66 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Sweden can't cope with the bouncing ball in the box and it lands with Maguire at the back post! He smashes a shot at goal from eight yards... but ends up putting it somewhere into the stands. 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England get control of the ball again having navigated that tricky little spell. Walker's passing isn't the best and he gives Sweden possession back. Possession: Sweden vs England Sweden substitution: Olsson on, Forsberg off. Toivonen off, Guidetti on. England have a corner. 4:19PM 63 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 Dele Alli is the second-youngest player to score a goal for England at a World Cup. 22 years, 2 months, 26 days. AND SWEDEN ARE IN! WHAT A SAVE BY PICKFORD! Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 2 England (Viktor Claesson, 62 min) It's a great move, Berg's flick back is brilliant and the shot is on target and low! Pickford throws himself at it, Henderson covers and blocks at the near post... the ball is punted away! England had to cope with a scary couple of moments there! 4:17PM 61 mins - Sweden 0 England 2 England are all over this now! They have Sweden pinned back again and are getting so many players forward that Sweden are struggling to cope. With confidence, this team is genuinely quite good. The opening 20 minutes they were awful. Now it's great to watch. 4:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! DELE ALLI SCORES! It's sustained England pressure and Sweden just aren't good enough! The ball is hooked to the back post by Lingard and Alli is all alone at the back post to head past the goalkeeper! Sweden 0 - 2 England (Dele Alli, 58 min) 4:14PM 59 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson goes down in the area... but nobody reacts and the referee doesn't bother with VAR. England have a throw, Young completely does Krafth on the left wing but his cross is blocked, Lingard's shot is blocked, Lingard can cross now... 4:13PM 57 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: REUTERS Kane has space on the right! He crosses to the back post towards Sterling but it's a little wide and he has to turn. England win a corner as Lingard tries a shot from distance! They're setting up the 'love train' routine again. 4:11PM 55 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Young knocks it to the back post, Maguire finds space and heads back across, Sterling tries an overhead kick, Maguire heads back across again and then Granqvist clears from just ahead of his goalkeeper. Sweden survive! Or do they? Sterling has space to run into, sprints in behind the defence and crosses. Kane can't get there in time and the header sends the ball away and England win a throw. 4:09PM 53 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are passing around the left wing, taking their time over throws, drawing fouls and Kane wins a free-kick wide left. It looks like Sweden might make a substitution. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson switches play and finds Trippier high up the pitch. He heads it into the box but Sweden clear. Walker has left his centre-back position twice already in this half and Sweden have worked it out. They very nearly have space to counter-attack and only a well timed challenge prevents it actually happening the second time. 4:05PM 49 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden are playing much faster now, really taking the game to England but Southgate's players are taking their time and keeping possession. Pickford launches a long ball and wins a throw-in in Sweden's half. England happy to keep the ball. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Marcus Berg, 47 min) 4:03PM 47 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Sweden have started well here! They come down the right, cross in, Forsberg has it and Alli has to get back to block. It's a throw, the ball is crossed in from the left AND HITS THE POST! Or is that a save? It's a save! The noise sounds like it hits the post! What a hand from Pickford! 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We are back. England are 45 minutes away from a semi-final in a World Cup. That's a long time though! England get us started. 4:01PM They're showing the football at Wireless festival too Credit: PA Hopefully they can hear it too. That's an in-joke for anyone who has happened to go to a festival in Finsbury Park this summer. And back to the football! The England players are back in the tunnel having a wee chat, ready to get back. There's a Gareth Southgate lookalike in the England crowd having people take selfies with him. Great chat. 3:56PM Jordan Henderson key A few tactical things then. On the ball, Trippier and Young are stretching the pitch and giving options from wide areas, Kane is dropping deep to free up space for Sterling to run into and the defence are committed to building passes from the back. The unsung hero, again, is Jordan Henderson. He is always in this position, there to link passes and cover the defence. You can see that's making that back three a diamond shape, allowing Stones a pass between the Sweden strikers so that England can bypass Sweden's high press. Sweden are pushing high up the pitch with their front three but so far England's best passers of the ball have been the defenders that Sweden are targeting. 3:53PM Remember that guy at the wedding from earlier? #SWEvENGpic.twitter.com/hc34l66cRS— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) 7 July 2018 3:53PM Being a Telegraph Sport Premium subscriber is a good thing If you have enjoyed our coverage during this World Cup, you can subscribe for unlimited access to our finest sports journalism however you want to read it - on desktop, mobile and in our Live app - all for £1 a week. As a Premium Sport subscriber, you can also join the debate by commenting on articles, stay informed with an exclusive weekly sports newsletter (and many other sport-specific newsletters to choose from), and enjoy subscriber-only offers and exclusive events with Telegraph Premium Rewards. For more information, head this way! 3:51PM Fans reacting to the goal Croydon seems lively. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! 1-0 TO ENGLAND! �������������������� #SWEENG#WorldCup#WorldCup2018pic.twitter.com/jFXz5KMKBP— BoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) 7 July 2018 3:51PM Average positions Average touch positions (45 + 1 min) Weirdly, it's like Sterling is the nine, Kane and Lingard are the two 10s and Alli is dropping deep alongside Henderson to control the midfield. Well, that's the idea but Alli keeps passing to Sweden players and putting the ball out of play. Sweden have spent very little time in England's final third. Sweden vs England The high line Sweden are playing in an attempt to stop England playing from the back is giving Sterling the chance to run in behind. If he could just take those opportunities England would be 2-0 up. Still, Sterling has been England's best player along with Henderson. 3:46PM HALF TIME - Sweden 0 England 1 But there's no time! England have Sweden panicking all over their own box but don't take the chances. It's 1-0 at half time! 3:46PM 45 mins +2 - Sweden 0 England 1 England really pushing here! Sweden are on the ropes! A corner is just about dealt with and here comes another. Sweden don't like these set pieces. 3:45PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 STERLING IS CLEAN THROUGH! ONE ON ONE! He's missed! Oh god. That's terrible. There's every chance Sterling thought he was offside. AND HE'S IN AGAIN! Great control! His first touch is outstanding, the goalkeeper saves as he tries to go round him and then Sterling takes way too long to shoot! He doesn't pass, he shoots and the chance is gone. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 1 England (Raheem Sterling, 45 min) 3:42PM 43 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Forsberg cuts onto his right foot and crosses into the box, Pickford gives a big shout to leave the ball and he then confidently takes it inside the area. Great goalkeeping. England rush their forward passes and Sweden win it back... but then they do the same and England have the ball and time to move it around. 3:41PM 41 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Lingard is doing a lot of work off the ball, moving everywhere to offer a passing option and close down Sweden if at halfway. Dele Alli still seems a yard off the pace, never really in control o his body. Where he'd normally read an interception he's a half-second slow to react to it and Sweden get away with a loose pass in their own defensive third. England have just played out from the back and the composure, choice of pass and movement is outstanding. They get the ball all the way to the box, Sterling crosses, Lingard backheels and Sweden survive. 3:38PM 39 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Credit: PA That's Slab Head scoring from the corner. Sweden are finding a bit of space now and seem to be targeting Young on the right wing. 3:36PM 37 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 Henderson tries an optimistic volley from 30 yards but punts it over. Replays of that goal do show that Maguire had his forearm in the back of the defender's neck... but for me it's not a foul. Nobody complained about it either, including the player Maguire beat to the ball. 3:34PM 35 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 England are right on this now. Sterling's been the best player so far and Sweden do not like him. A bit like most of the English press. 3:33PM 33 mins - Sweden 0 England 1 That goal should open up the game. Sweden can't sit back all game and wait to hit them on the counter... but probably will for a while. Plan B is needed! 3:30PM GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! MAGUIRE SCORES! Sweden 0 - 1 England (Harry Maguire, 30 min) What a header that is. Jesus. Maguire times his run perfectly, attacks the ball with determination and absolutely POWERS it past Olsen! Brilliant corner. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Better from England. They attack at a bit of speed, the ball is crossed to the back post and Trippier reaches it but his header back across goal doesn't find anyone. The defence clears. Alli gets a pass to where it's meant to go... Trippier crosses and England win a corner. They're good at corners. 3:28PM 28 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden looking comfortable in possession. England wisely drop slightly deeper instead of wasting energy chasing the man on the ball. Sweden are tough to break down but that becomes impossible if you can't actually pass the ball. This is Dele Alli's pass map. I don't want to have a go at him, he's young and clearly very uncomfortable right now... but this isn't good enough for a midfielder in a World Cup quarter final. 3:25PM 26 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Ekdal loses the ball near his own box! It's moved wide to Trippier but his cross takes a tiny deflection and gives the goalie the chance to save it low. Kane might have reached that otherwise. Credit: REUTERS This is nice from England now but Alli has given the ball away - again - and given Sweden the chance to break. It's a long ball over the top and Berg is in behind! The linesman says offside but the replay says he isn't! If play had continued he could easily have scored there. Controversy! Dele Alli has been dreadful. He's given it away again. 3:23PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling tries to cross, hits Forsberg and half-heartedly asks for a penalty. It's never a penalty. 3:22PM 23 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 It's very static in the final third, England players are all just standing still and there's no movement. It's actually really poor from England - what are they doing here? Should they be that nervous 23 minutes in? Martin Keown: "It's like two boxers - nobody wants to start throwing punches but I think it's time to!" 3:21PM 21 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young catches out the right-back by actually using his left foot, going to the line and crossing into the box. It's a good one too! But nobody can get on the end of it. Sweden really take their time when they get the ball back, Kane's wasting a lot of energy chasing them around. England are getting a bit more confident now. 3:19PM 19 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden are growing into this one. Pickford tries to go short as Sweden press high again but his kick gives the ball straight back to them! This is the worst I've seen England play... since their last international tournament. Southgate doesn't look too impressed. Young can't control the ball, Alli is all over the place, Kane can't get near the ball... OR CAN HE! Sterling bursts forward, England have men over and Sterling opens them up! Kane steps up to hit the loose ball and shoots to the bottom corner... just wide! Great attack. 3:16PM 17 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Look at the state of this: That's a map of England's misplaced passes in the opening 10 minutes. If you wanted evidence that their heads aren't quite screwed on, there it is. 3:14PM 15 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 I am at a wedding #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/YVmWSyrTgU— Paddy O'Connell (@bbcpaddy) July 7, 2018 3:14PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Oocha. That's a decent effort and it's Sweden who get the first shot on goal! A long range effort fizzes over the bar with Pickford diving to make sure. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 England (Viktor Claesson, 12 min) Pickford goes nuts at his defenders who shouldn't really have let that shot be taken. England attack but it's a little slow and Sweden can easily get back into their defensive positions. Stones switches play, Young tries to come onto his right foot but is stopped... and then Maguire fouls in the final third. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sterling holds the ball in the box, moves it to Lingard who picks a great pass wide right but nobody hits the ball into the box. They take their time... and eventually Walker curls in a cross which the goalkeeper can catch. Credit: AFP 3:10PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli passes the ball straight out for a throw. They're so nervous. Southgate comes off the bench to have a word. Sterling chases a long pass and forces Granqvist to clear for a throw. 3:09PM 9 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Long throw for Sweden. Claesson hurls it in, Walker heads and it hits the hand of Granqvist. Free-kick to England. England are being really scrappy here, they need to cool down and find their touch. 3:07PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Alli wins the ball high up! This is a decent chance and Kane is running into space! Alli's pass is poor and nowhere close to reaching his teammate. Young is told to watch his tackling by the referee. He is all over the place at the moment. Feeling the pressure? 3:06PM 6 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Young seems really nervous. He's overhit, mis-controlled and lost possession a few times already. Sweden are sticking a man on Henderson too, which is a good idea. England win a free-kick, Henderson takes it quickly to demonstrate the defender is too close... and the referee says play on. That's a bit confusing since it should be retaken... but the ball is switched to the opposite flank and Young can't control it. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Pickford goes long, Young's header goes awry and just for a second Sweden have three players breaking forward. Sweden are pressing high up the pitch from goal kicks to prevent the build-up from the back. Pickford's feeling brave and passes wide, Sweden close down and the ball is chipped forwards. England keep the ball well and have a chance to attack! But Sterling can't win his duel and the goalkeeper picks up the ball. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 England 0 Sweden knock the ball long, England have possession and move up the pitch. Immediately the pattern has been set up. Every England player gets an early touch, Young loses control on the wing and Alli is beaten to the ball. England passing around, just getting used to the pitch. 3:00PM KICK OFF HERE WE GO! 2:57PM The starting lineups Unchanged from Colombia for England, Sweden make two changes. Larsson back in for Svensson, and Krafth replaces the suspended Lustig. It's 3-5-2 vs 4-4-2. Both like to counter-attack, Sweden will defend and concede possession, England will control the ball and MUST make sure they don't make any stupid passes across the middle of the pitch which will gift a counter-attack. 2:55PM England national anthem England fans much much much louder. Everyone sings. They look pumped. Kane looks like he's inside the Matrix. 2:54PM Sweden national anthem Honestly, not a hugely stirring rendition of the Swedish anthem. Fans in the crowd look happy and sing along but it's not massively loud in the stadium, or not on the TV feed anyway. 2:53PM Here come the players Credit: BBC England players stood straight looking ahead. Nobody's dropping their head to stare at the ground (it's a sign of nerves)... but as I type that a few do start doing exactly that. Except Kane. Kane looks like he's a robot programmed to score GOALS! 2:50PM Stadium filling up... or is it? Credit: AP Now back to England....15 mins to kick-off and still lots of empty seats— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 7, 2018 2:44PM Jordan Henderson on Jordan Pickford's penalty save "I was so relieved, very emotional from going so low to a couple of minutes later so high." 2:43PM Gareth Southgate is so calm and cool it's unbelievable Credit: BBC We know the problems they pose but know the areas we can hurt them. I think there'll be long periods of the game where we can control possession but its just breaking them down, watching for counter attacks and the long ball. I'm enjoying this a lot more (than playing). We've had a fantastic experience but there's a lot we need to get better at. The players are well prepared, well recovered, know the opportunity they have and we're really looking forward to the challenge. Over this period lots of leaders have emerged, some in the team some not. There's a lot said about how tight Sweden are but our group are very together and I think you can see that. 2:39PM The players warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES Credit: FIFA 2:37PM England's top scorer getting involved Not long to go...Come on @England!! All the best to the lads, let’s get that semi-final!! #WorldCup#Eng#ThreeLions— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 7, 2018 2:37PM Gary Lineker on his Cameroon penalty success "Lineker scored two against Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup. "I used to hit 40/50 (penalties) a day and I was the penalty taker for England for four years... and never had one! "I chose where I'd put it before the game but Bobby Robson said to me "you might want to watch your penalties because there's a Cameroon spy in the stadium!" "So I did. I hit 10 penalties to the keeper's left. In the game just as I was about it to hit, I saw the keeper diving to his right. I'll never know if that's why." And on his second: "I just smashed it down the middle and prayed." Alan Shearer on his approach: "I did the same before Euro 2000, you practise in the stadium the night before. I did 10 penalties to the goalkeeper's left knowing if I got a penalty the next night I'd go to the keeper's right." 2:33PM Who's going to win? World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 2:30PM Jamie Carragher on England's set-pieces The England set-up from set-pieces – which Glenn Hoddle has given the colourful description ‘The Love Train’ – has made it impossible for opposition defenders to man-mark. It is confusing opponents, which is why you can see so many show their frustration. Colombia panicked and gave away the penalty in the last 16 game. The only way to combat it is to adopt a zonal system in the set-up, waiting for the set-piece to be delivered before picking up your man to mark when the England group breaks up. It is not ideal, and there is a possibility you will not be on the man you were listed to watch, but that is the only way to stop the panic. 2:28PM Jermaine Jenas has his say "I expect us to have a lot of possession but what concerns me is where. We need to work them from side to side to tire them so we have energy late in the game." When he says 'us' and 'we' he means England by the way. Just to clear that up. "I'm quite happy with them going with the same side but I just want them to be positive." 2:23PM Fans in the stadium Former England striker Stan Collymore is in the crowd. Credit: AFP 2:19PM Sweden's hotel evacuated in the early hours Shenanigans from... someone. A fire alarm woke up Swedish players in the early hours. Not ideal. 2:18PM Sven-Göran Eriksson interview We all know in Sweden we don't have Zlatan anymore, no Messi, no Ronaldo but getting those Swedish players together then it's one of the best teams in the world. We are a smaller nation and every Swede is very proud today. The feeling is that if you talk to normal Swedish people that they can beat England. And a lot are convinced that will happen. 2:14PM Today's game is in Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena It's over 900 miles from England's training base. 2:13PM Bad news for people in the stadium Credit: GETTY IMAGES The England band has made it into the stadium, instruments intact, and have already started playing their songs. All the hits. 2:08PM BBC pundits on England's chances Jurgen Klinsmann "If things go accordingly, everyone plays to their potential, England can beat them." Alan Shearer "They won't be afraid to knock it long but that shouldn't be a problem for this England team. There won't be any surprises from this Sweden team." 2:06PM Fans enjoying the pre-match atmosphere... in South Korea One hour before kick-off English contingent in Seoul, South Korea ready in full force~ #bbcworldcuppic.twitter.com/Ra1RASQlvh— Kwon Jang-Ho (@janghokwon) July 7, 2018 2:04PM Sweden management team looking relaxed Credit: FIFA 2:01PM How the teams will play I could tell you... but I already WROTE IT DOWN! England vs Sweden World Cup tactical preview 1:58PM How the teams will look This is what the teams will look like at kick-off. Sweden will be a 4-4-2, they'll defend deep and look to frustrate then counter-attack. England's 3-5-2 will be very attacking from the start but Trippier and Young will drop back after about 20/30 minutes to shore up the the spaces out wide. I think. I could be totally wrong. 1:51PM The lads inspecting the pitch Credit: FIFA 1:44PM Starting lineups England unchanged from their win over Colombia! #SWEENG // TEAM NEWS Here are your Starting XIs, #SWE and #ENG fans! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/f0lrHTYfh9— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018 Sweden make two changes. Mikael Lustig is suspended so Emil Krafth replaces him at right-back, Gustav Svensson is dropped for the returning Seb Larsson. 1:30PM Where England will get scoring chances Now, the thing with England is that they don't really create much from open play. I expect an opening 20 minute assault on the Sweden goal, heaps of movement, a high press and lots of shots and a few actual scoring chances. If Sweden hold on, it'll become very even and could actually probably go to penalties. They're strong defensively but England just don't create genuine chances when they have the ball. From set pieces it's a different story. Chances created from set pieces world cup Southgate's put so much preparation into these set pieces and they've really worked. The clever thing he's done in particular is assign players as blockers, and others as designated attackers. Blockers free the path for the guys who can really header a ball to get a free run at it. Has worked a few times so far... 1:22PM Sweden scouting report We sent our man Jeremy Wilson on a top secret scouting mission to discover just what England need to be wary of in today's game. Sweden scouting report 1:17PM Jamie Carragher's England column Jamie Carragher exclusive column At last England are playing with control and a purpose - it is right to be optimistic 1:14PM England FA giving away the starting lineup All quiet in the #ThreeLions dressing room. �� The squad will arrive at the Samara Arena shortly, with team news in the next hour. pic.twitter.com/moV1kSykHS— England (@England) July 7, 2018 1:12PM People are excited Many of you will be watching the game at home, some will sneak a peek while at work (and rightly so), a lucky few thousand will be in the stadium... and the rest of England will likely watch it in the pub. And boy they're busy. I was sent this in one of my Whatsapp groups at 12pm today - three hours before kick-off. It's a pub in Brixton, south London, and back then there was already a queue around the entire of the building. That's a pretty big pub too. Credit: William McGreggor You can tweet me the absolute scenes at the venues you're watching it @jj_bull if you'd like. 1:07PM Sam Wallace previews the game 1:00PM It's coming... Well this crept up on us, didn't it? Pre-tournament expectations were low, a forward-thinking, nice, polite, intelligent and talented manager found a tactical system that gets the best out of his not-exceptional group of players and the star striker came into the World Cup fit, refreshed and on form. What is going on? This can't be England! But it is! And everywhere you look, be it the internet, your phone, the news - everywhere - people are enjoying themselves and seem happy. Walking around London the last few days feels a bit like being in a movie with the soundtrack 'Three Lions' playing on repeat in the background. Speaking of Three Lions: It’s coming home... guess who? #ENGSWEpic.twitter.com/UfY3XFHprh— Frank Skinner (@FrankOnTheRadio) July 7, 2018 As a Scottish person living in England, I've been having a great time watching those around me actually look like they enjoy life and found myself actually willing England to do well. I even shouted at the TV the other day. The tube is more relaxed, the sun feels warmer, people hold open doors for you with a smile and wave you through. "You're welcome, sir. Football's coming home you know!" they say before a hop, skip and jump down the road. Even Michael Jackson is getting involved. I love the internet! #ThreeLions#ItsComingHomepic.twitter.com/SKdIVfFYiG— Dean Drury (@deanodrury1) July 5, 2018 England's success in this tournament has made being in London feel like you're in some hallucinatory football musical. And it w