20 million watched England World Cup victory against Sweden

England are in with a huge chance of making it to the World Cup final for the first time since

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

But while performances at the time and the benefit of hindsight suggest the now-maligned "Golden Generation" of England players that drew with Sweden at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups were legitimately open to such claims, the current crop under Southgate appear to be cut from a different cloth and the manager launched a staunch defence of their character.

England fans lose all control.

Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the football match on their cell phones. "I hope that, when they look at us, they know that everything is possible and that they can also go far".

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

The surprising run in Russian Federation is being fuelled by goals from set pieces, and there was another against Sweden when Maguire headed in a corner from Ashley Young in the 30th minute. A jittery first half followed, with England coming close several times. He had considered 3-4-3 an option at this World Cup - he seems set to play three-at-the-back come what may - but has not done that.

Viktor Claesson's hopeful effort from distance was the best rudimentary Sweden managed in a scrappy opening, but the Three Lions were doing little better as Alli overhit a through ball after snatching possession off over-confident Emil Krafth.

"But that's something we'll work on and take to the next game".

So how are the team feeling as they prepare to play Croatia on Wednesday? "And I think we have a crew of about 30".

From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending teamwork and desire to play for England and do so in the right way.

Both German and Spanish outlets focus their evaluation on England stopper Jordan Pickford who has starred between the sticks, which includes saving a penalty in the shootout against Colombia not to mention keeping a clean sheet versus Sweden.

Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. "You have to respect you are faced with a good keeper", Andersson said. "I wanted to say that already on the pitch, too, to our players".

"Going into a World Cup semi final, it doesn't get much better than that".

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