Southgate's England show maturity and smartness in confident win

England World Cup 2018

England World Cup 2018

"We approach each game similarly, but Russian Federation in Moscow would be an incredible game to be involved in".

- England coach Gareth Southgate has his eyes on the hosts after beating Sweden in the quarter-finals.

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

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli saw the Three Lions past Sweden 2-0 in a comfortable last-eight victory on Saturday .

"The baby is fantastic". England midfielder Fabian Delph's wife gave birth to their third child after the group stage. "Everyone's getting behind us in their thousands", added the Manchester City player.

"I don't know what it is, but sometimes I get a feeling for certain things".

Jonathan Tickle said he expected England to find it hard to flourish against a tight Swedish defence.

There was no clearer display of that character than England's recovery from their stoppage-time gut-punch against Colombia, before ripping up the script to win a penalty shoot-out.

But as the saying goes, "if you can't beat them, join them", so some happy couples made a decision to put the game on for their guests, to stem all the covert football-watching.

"But I was talking to some of the girls and they actually preferred to meet England over Colombia because Colombia have more of a counter-attacking style".

Pickford made a smart stop from Claesson after he combined well with Berg, Sweden coach Janne Andersson turning to John Guidetti from the bench.

Asked if England could go all the way, he said: "I said before the tournament, I think we've got the right balance, there's no one out there that's outstanding - that's been proven, they're all out, the big teams. But it wasn't to be this time".

Twelve years later the near-39-old David Seaman stood motionless as Ronaldinho's speculative long-range shot floated over him nearly in slow motion as Brazil knocked England out in the quarter-finals. "We've scored set-play goals because of him up to this point and today he's got the one he deserved". This has been an incredible #WorldCup run and we've enjoyed every minute.

England defender Kyle Walker has become the latest to make the most of a picture capturing Harry Maguire talking to his girlfriend, going viral on Twitter.

Public relations worker Tania Burnham, 27, said: "The atmosphere is unbelievable".

Pubs were packed out as punters draped in St George's flags came together for the match, which took place in Samara, Russia.

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