Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

England attacker Marcus Rashford has hailed the positive atmosphere in the Three Lions camp ahead of their crunch World Cup quarter-final against Sweden later today. Kane, 24, made his way into the stand following the game and picked up a mobile phone.

"They can give hope to them and, like I said the other day, we're not a team where we just turn up and we're waltzing around strolling around and we've got an entitlement. Contained them. Then we needed to score, (we) scored first, controlled the game", David Thomson said.

Gareth Southgate hailed his "prototype" goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for a stellar performance that was key in getting England past Sweden and into the semifinals at the Russia World Cup on Saturday.

It is the team's first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990. The highest paid player in the world sparkled at times on the field, scoring twice, but left the tournament marked mostly by his theatrics on the field.

Former England star Ian Wright also got in on the act, posting a clip showing him whispering to the camera: "It's coming home!"

"We are a team who are still improving, we know where we are". 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.

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They have met 23 times with seven wins apiece while nine meetings have been drawn. "We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said. England will play again in the semifinals on Wednesday, July 11.

There have been scenes of celebration across England following the success of Gareth Southgate's players, but should a formal parade and reception be held when they return, even if they do not lift the trophy?

Speaking about his Rangers team's win against Bury, Gerrard was upbeat and said both he and the squad were eagerly looking forward to the start of Europa League play and the Premiership campaign.

I absolutely do not think they should have a parade. They saw Sweden off with a confidence alien to anyone who has watched recent failures through their fingers and the sense that there is more to come may work in their favour. The likes of Maguire, a paying punter like the rest only two years ago, are changing that dynamic. They are well within their rights to do so and they should be given the opportunity.

Before the 2018 finals in Russian Federation began, England hadn't scored from a corner at a World Cup since Matthew Upson's consolation when Germany ran riot in Bloemfontein.

Not since Italia '90 and that penalty shoot-out heartbreak at the hands of West Germany have England been one win away from football's grandest stage.

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