England can go all the way, says Sweden coach

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At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.

Sweden rallied in a bid to claw themselves back into the game, introducing former Blue John Guidetti from the bench, but the Scandinavians found Pickford and the England defence in inspired form.

England produced a solid display against Sweden on Saturday and even though captain Harry Kane failed to add to his six goal tally, Maguire and Alli stepped up to take England forward.

For the second goal, Jesse Lingard served up the ball to an unmarked Alli, who nodded in from close range. As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters.

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One player who came on as a substitute against England was defender Pontus Jansson, with the Leeds United ace was thrown on with five minutes to play as a direct option in attack. "In celebration, we've put one of the nation's favourite dishes, fish and chips, on offer for just £1". It was England's most convincing performance of the group stage when it came to shape and possession, with the team also taking its chances, shooting on frame twice and scoring both of them.

Harry Kane says he and his England "brothers" are prepared to do whatever is required as they continue to chase their World Cup dream. The English mention it an terrible lot whenever a World Cup comes around, but it has become more of a burden than an inspiration in recent tournaments.

Russian Federation or Croatia await at the Luzhniki Stadium, where the Three Lions have been backed to go progress to the July 15 showpiece and even lift the trophy.

When the "Football's Coming Home" song was penned in 1996, ahead of Euro 96, the key lyric was of "Thirty years of hurt", but 22 years on, nothing has changed to end that pain.

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"I thought we did well, did well".

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

"We know where we are, we're having success because everybody is working so hard", Southgate said, after joining Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson as just the third manager to guide England to the World Cup semi-finals.

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