CBBC Newsround: Will Sweden beat England? The fans think so!

Grant SmithJul 08, 2018

England have the most inexperienced squad left in the tournament and should, in theory, be hitting their peak at the European Championships in 2020 or the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, but Southgate believes it would be a mistake to adopt that thinking. "Hopefully we'll win again, at least our bad luck has gone and we've got through penalties now". I never expected this at the start of the tournament.

Sweden, who reached the quarter-finals courtesy of Emil Forsberg's deflected strike against Switzerland, are trying to reach their first semi-final since 1994 after a solid campaign in which they have kept three clean sheets in four matches.

"To be honest for a quarter-final we were quite comfortable and I wasn't expecting that because Sweden area always tough".

"I think a lot of teams have gone there, been afraid of the real quality teams and shown them a lot of respect".

Let's hope no over-zealous England fans do try anything like that in Russian Federation.

In light of its 2-0 victory Saturday, England is one of the final four teams that will compete for the World Cup and is just two wins away from raising the trophy.

"They've got a blend of youth, experience, technical ability, very good".

"We're 100% going to win, it should be laugh shouldn't it?" he says.

"Probably 18 months ago, I talked to them about, "If you have success with England, it will be so much bigger than anything you can imagine with your clubs".

"We know that in years to come they will be stronger but today was a huge opportunity for us and not something we wanted to miss out on".

Lee, who is originally from Stockton-on-Tees but now lives in Korea, said: "There weren't too many heart-in-the-mouth moments, compared to the Colombia game, so I'm pumped".

"We don't fear Croatia or Russian Federation and the final is a one-off game, so it's a lottery".

In the second half, England doubled its advantage with a header from Dele Alli.

Another England set-piece caused chaos and, although Sweden initially cleared their lines when Lingard delivered a flawless cross to the back post, Alli was there to double his side's advantage.

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