England enter FIFA World Cup semi final after 28 years
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 11, 2018,
Jul 11, 2018, 2:28
England's World Cup dream remains well and truly alive, as the Three Lions roared into the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years with a 2-0 triumph over Sweden. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".
"To be in charge of a group of people who give as much energy and give me as much as they have over this period of time, committed to so much, is very special. We have had good results against them - so to me it doesn't really matter".
But although the Three Lions progressed and Alli scored for the first time in Russian Federation, he felt he could have done more to impact the match. Not even the England side from the early 21st century, containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney, ever got this far at a major tournament. I'm so pleased. When I was watching him during the season I was so keen for him to stay fit because I thought this was a stage I was certain he could play at.
The defender watched England from the stands at Euro 2016, and he admitted that he has not yet fully come to terms with everything he has achieved in the last two years. "It's an awesome feeling to be going to a semifinal at a World Cup". We had to score those of course but we were faced with a good team.
"We have got to keep on improving as staff and as players".
Sweden set up on Saturday to make it hard, to throw their bodies at everything and try their best to keep a clean sheet.
After causing the Three Lions no threat in the first, Jordan Pickford had to make two world-class saves to deny Sweden from levelling. I think if you say it's an easy game in a quarter-final of a World Cup then you are pretty stupid to say that.