England's quarter-final win sparks wild scenes on streets

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Four days after being England's penalty-shootout star against Colombia in the round of 16, the 24-year-old Pickford produced three brilliant, one-handed saves in a 2-0 win over Sweden to ensure his team ultimately enjoyed smooth progress to a last-four match against Croatia.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger".

"Beckham was the one I always looked up to; the technique, his crossing, on the move or set pieces".

One onlooker said: 'Everybody was happy but this guy got caught up in the moment.

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Another side-effect was the necessity for wing backs, and who better than the energetic Young and Trippier? It's what the players are doing when the ball goes into the area.

"And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at worldwide level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play".

While there are elements of the accidental about the situation England find themselves in - after all, Southgate only became manager after his predecessor Sam Allardyce was forced out following a hidden-camera recording of his comments on player transfer rules - at least part of England's popularity has been the result of astute public relations from the Football Association's communications team. They've used decoy runners.

"This team has changed everything", said Jack Levick, while Alex Sinclaire says the players have "brought the joy back" and Kevin Carroll said they "make my hair stand on end". That we have got players with super technique. They can influence young people, especially from the areas where they came from.

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Joe, from Newark, thought he'd lost the hat during riotous celebrations after Gareth Southgate's team's two-nil victory over Sweden on Saturday that saw England reach their first semi-final since 1990 and only their third ever. First, his well-placed header had Jordan Pickford diving quickly to his left post early in the second-half, and later his half-volley on the turn forced the Everton goalkeeper to tip over.

Meanwhile, five of England's goals have been headers, also tying the record for a single World Cup since 1966.

Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.

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