Sweden 0 England 2

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

England have the most inexperienced squad left in the tournament and should, in theory, be hitting their peak at the European Championships in 2020 or the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, but Southgate believes it would be a mistake to adopt that thinking.

Nadine Hanlon, in Doncaster, was one of the brides who got right into the spirit of things, watching the game with her husband Lee and their guests during their wedding breakfast after renewing their vows.

England fans celebrate victory over Sweden in an IKEA store.

"Sweden are so good defensively, their block of eight with four at the back and four midfielders has been so solid, so I think they are a little bit anxious but it's going to be a tight game".

Unlike Granqvist, Delph made the trip home and was unable to play in England's last 16 clash with Colombia in order to be at her wife's side.

"This is absolutely fantastic - I think they can actually go all the way".

Former midfielder Hakan Mild has been the most bolshie and claimed England do not have the determination required to triumph as they are "spoilt children who earn a lot of money" - comments that appear to have got under Southgate's skin.

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As it is just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game, where they are expected to be vastly outnumbered by Swedish fans. "But we said that we're an improving side who want to make our own history".

The Three Lions face Sweden in a quarter-final clash this afternoon, with the winners going on to play either Russian Federation or Croatia in the last four.

The quality of the opposition must of course be considered - Tunisia and especially Panama have shown little defensive resistance - but England are playing with confidence and in Kane, they have one of the world's best finishers.

"I had a good season and this is what it is all about", Pickford said.

"Football can bring connection through a country and I'm delighted we are exciting people, bringing enjoyment and we want to keep it going", added Southgate, who himself has risen to prominence during the tournament with his calm style earning plaudits.

From there, England would not look back, controlling the pace of the match and never ceding much ground to Sweden.

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