Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

Here's how they did it.

The viewing figures were lower than the round of 16 game when 23.6 million watched England secure a nail-biting penalty shootout win over Colombia.

Sweden have only conceded two goals at this tournament.

If England do beat Sweden and reach the last four, their next match will be in Moscow on Wednesday night, which will be far more accessible.

The first 20 minutes were cagey with neither side settling into the match. Sterling was a constant threat to the cumbersome Swedish defence. Rather than square the ball up, Sterling opted to try and break his near three year goal drought, but couldn't finish. Kieran Trippier's cross was headed behind allowing Ashley Young to drive a corner into the box.

England were the last team remaining in the competition without a clean sheet, but a handful of terrific second-half saves from Pickford - twice from Marcus Berg and once from Viktor Claesson - kept Sweden at bay.

Kane's team-mate Dele Alli has come under fire for what some perceive to be below-par performances at this tournament, but Southgate believes the Tottenham midfielder could hold the key to unlocking a stout Swedish defensive backline.

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Although the Three Lions were pegged back by Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header and fell behind in the shoot-out, they recovered to book their last-eight berth and Kane says a keen sense of brotherly love was central to that triumph. Now, England takes on Croatia for a spot in the finals. Young had a shaky start miss placing a few simple passes.

They have done so off the back of a change in attitude, implemented by their 47-year-old coach. In the first half England's ball was captured by 59 percent, then Sweden's possession was 41 percent. So proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done. Both previous World Cup meetings between the sides have finished in draws, most recently in 2006.

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

"Personally, I don't think I played as well as I should have", he said.

Fabian Delph 6 - On for Alli late in the game, Delph made sure England continue to tick over in possession and resisted any comeback from Sweden.

Sweden remain one of the least fancied teams in the knockout stages, but captain Andreas Granqvist admitted that could play to their advantage.

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