England make it to first semi-final in 28 years

Ibrahimovic & Beckham make bizarre Twitter bet ahead of England Sweden quarter-final

"We have to stay seven days anyway", he said.

Gareth Southgate's charges also overcame a mental hurdle that has seen England always falter in penalty shoot-outs in major competitions.

But as England wrapped up the victory and booked a first World Cup semifinal spot for the birthplace of football since 1990, Beckham posted a shot of Ibrahimovic in a vintage England kit and wrote: "Looks like someone's coming to Wembley again". England boss Gareth Southgate celebrates the win (Tim Goode, PA).

For a long time, England fans have struggled to identify with the players pulling on the shirt and representing their nation. Fans stuffed in, from wall-to-wall, cheering for their team to come out ahead.

"I know loads of fans have come here and some have gone back home, but we are doing this for all of them".

"Team England. You have done it and we gladly rejoice!"

England's Marcus Rashford, left, comforts Sweden's Victor Lindelof at the end of their quarterfinal match.

Instead, the Three Lions took the direct route, with Leicester City centre-back Maguire powering in a header from an Ashley Young corner. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the centre back's first in global football.

That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while it is seemingly lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane it is not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.

So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no one down the right.

At the start of his tenure in 2016, Southgate realised he had to deliver an important message to his players: Any success with England will be greater than anything achieved with their clubs. I want to pay tribute to the team and the coach.

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

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.

Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. Janne Andersson's side are supremely well drilled, but do not possess the pace or penetration to chase a game. We had to score those of course but we were faced with a good team.

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