England manager wants semi final clash with Russian Federation

Heather Diaz
July 8, 2018

An average of 15.8 million watched the whole match, which saw England secure a place in the semi-final.

Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw.

When the disappointment has run its course, these players will look back on this World Cup with pride.

Although everyone is engrossed in their own lifestyle, carrying on working in their own profession on a daily basis, one topic which has never eluded the mind of each individual in the past month is that of the World Cup. France vs Belgium and England vs Croatia. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.

"All the matches here at the World Cup are very hard", he said.

"We have to stay seven days anyway", he said. "We looked like we controlled the game". Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.

Southgate can now turn his attention to scouting Russia's and Croatia's strengths and weaknesses as he begins plotting ways to guide England to a first final since 1966. This approach has been so impressive that a delegation from the German national team has visited the training camp in Repino to see what is being done after England learned lessons from the 2014 winners.

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Yet the performances of manager Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home. Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cell phones.

"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said.

We were faced with a good team, England were the best team today.

The winning goal from Maguire of Leicester City arrived just on 30 minutes, and it was another textbook set piece for England. Of England's 11 goals, eight have come from set pieces, while Kane leads the Golden Boot standings with six goals.

Alli proved his critics wrong two minutes before the hour mark when he met Kieran Trippier's cross with a deft header to put England firmly in the ascendancy.

"However, there is no such thing as a weak team in a World Cup".

Viktor Claesson's hopeful effort from distance was the best rudimentary Sweden managed in a scrappy opening, but the Three Lions were doing little better as Alli overhit a through ball after snatching possession off over-confident Emil Krafth.

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