Saturday, 21 July, 2018


Sweden players had a 'bad morning' before face-off with England

Dele Alli of England is congratulated by Gareth Southgate Manager of England after being replaced during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England Almost 20m tune in to England quarter-final win
Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 01:00

Pictured against Colombia with a Powerade bottle inscribed with instructions of each penalty taker he faced, Pickford knew where every penalty was likely to go and successfully saving the crucial kick from Carlos Bacca from 12-yards.

"Pickford, for me, is the sort of prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", Southgate said in his post match press conference. There was Robert Green allowing a seemingly harmless shot from US forward Clint Dempsey through his grasp and into the net in a World Cup group-stage game in 2010.

It put England in good stead in Russian Federation and the long term, too, albeit there are still hurdles to overcome.

Just before the dreaded, match between Sweden and England, Sweden national players had a rat5her uncomfortable morning after they were woken up by a fire alarm at the hotel they were staying in.

England will play Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday night on ITV, with both broadcasters showing the final next Sunday.

After spurning a series of chances in previous games, he was better against England, combining well at times with Viktor Claesson.

England is just hoping Pickford's thumb heals in time for Croatia.

England's fairly muted celebrations reflected the routine nature of the victory over a hard-working Swedish side that had already gone further than expected in its first major tournament without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."

Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.

"I thought we did well, did well".

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