England captain Harry Kane spoke of a “band of brothers” when he addressed the press on the eve of England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in the Samara Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has hinted at making a few changes to his starting eleven against Sweden today.
England’s decisive World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden was watched by almost 20 million viewers on BBC One, according to overnight figures.
“We can go and create our own history, but now it is about rest and recovery for the next game”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that England are reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990 in Italy, and have only won the competition once, in 1966.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Every player should get a golden ball in Sweden”.
England will face off against the victor of Saturday’s match between Russian Federation and Croatia for a spot in the World Cup final on Wednesday, July 11.
Southgate’s youthful side ended England’s 12-year wait to win a knockout match at a major tournament after they scraped past Colombia on penalties in the last 16.
“Of course when the president supports you, it makes us comfortable”. A nation now believes that football really is coming home (whatever that actually means) and, perhaps best of all, it is being achieved by a manager liked by everyone and a group of players who, while perhaps not all son-in-law material, are the type of lads everyone wants to see do well.
The Three Lions will face Croatia in the semi-finals after it overcame Russian Federation in a dramatic penalty shootout and, should it win that match-up, will go on to play either France or Belgium in the final. “We’re hugely ambitious and want to do that, but we know there’s nothing in our mind other than tomorrow’s game”.
Tottenham striker Kane has hogged the majority of the headlines in Russian Federation, rattling in six goals in only three prior matches, but on this occasion it was Maguire and the previously under-fire Dele Alli who proved the star turns with a header apiece. Both ITV and the BBC will broadcast the World Cup final next Sunday.
Brazil’s next tournament is the Copa America at home next year. “The feeling is bitter. It’s very hard to be here”.
Neymar left in tears at the final whistle, refusing to talk to waiting media.
In the end France were comfortable against Uruguay, playing with a toughness and discipline that looked the hallmark of potential champions.
Raphael Varane’s towering header gave Deschamps’s men the lead before Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s terrible error gifted Antoine Griezmann the game-clinching goal.