Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sweden team woken by fire alarm hours before England showdown

Sweden team woken by fire alarm hours before England showdown

But the performances of Gareth Southgate's young lineup in Russian Federation are being celebrated wildly back home.

Former England captain Steven Gerrard has urged them to seize the moment in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.

"We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure but the resilience of the team was crucial".

Jordan Pickford played a key role in England's win after the Everton goalkeeper produced some fine saves including a superb stop to deny Marcus Berg. "Today our spirit was as good as theirs and our quality a little bit better".

The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.

While England's victory was one-sided it was not easy.

England must now prepare for a momentous match in Moscow on Wednesday against the victor of the quarter-final between hosts Russian Federation and Croatia.

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It was predictable in many ways, therefore, that the deadlock was broken from a set piece.

He was asked after Sweden's training session yesterday about England's defence and immediately claimed Gareth Southgate's three centre backs - Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire - were less effective than several other European nations at quickly passing the ball.

As England entered its second half against Sweden, an unmarked Dele Alli scored the second goal.

England previously won the World Cup in 1966, which has so far been their only ever win.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation.

England had not kept a clean sheet in their four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring they did not concede this time.

The penalty shootout victory against Colombia in the Last 16 was the first time England had ever triumphed that way in a World Cup, and has filled the squad, and fans, with confidence. "We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".

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