Things England Need To Improve To Beat Sweden


Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday (Jul 7) to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. He became the first England player since 1939 to score in six successive appearances for the national side when he netted a penalty against Colombia. But the performances of Gareth Southgate's young lineup in Russian Federation are being celebrated wildly back home.

The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box met Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.

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It's fair to say both left their mark at Old Trafford and will be remembered as two of the most charismatic in the club's long history - now onto Saturday afternoon where we'll see which star comes out on top.

Then, as Sweden looked to get back into the match, the favorites finished them off. The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress.

I went for England to reach the quarter-finals before the tournament starts and I'm sticking to that prediction.

The Three Lions took the lead on the half hour mark, with Harry Maguire hammering home a header past the Swedish goalkeeper. Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.

If they beat Sweden today, only the victor of Croatia and Russian Federation will stand in their way to the final in Moscow on July 15.

Will Sweden reach the semifinal for the first time since 1994?