England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden, 2-0

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England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

The 2-0 win means England are in the last four of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

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.

Sweden have, of course, enjoyed some memorable World Cup campaigns in the past - reaching the final on home soil in 1958 where they lost to Brazil and then the semi-finals in 1994 where again the South Americans ended their dreams.

However, the Three Lions came out on top in the most recent competitive meeting - a 3-2 victory in the Euro 2012 group stage, with Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott all on target.

Harry Maguire is the flawless embodiment of this ethos and, having famously attended Euro 2016 as an England fan, he was here in Samara to provide the vital breakthrough when meeting Ashley Young's in-swinging cross in the first half.

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Some poor bowling from Indian pacers, who either sprayed the ball or bowled too short, helped England in making a bright start. The visitors went on to register their eighth T20I series win as Rohit Sharma smashed a fluent century during the chase.

England's midfielder Dele Alli (C) heads the ball to score his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018.

Croatia is in World Cup semifinals for the second time and first since 1998. Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cellphones.

Over the years, England have played 24 times against the Swedes, winning eight times, losing seven and drawing nine. We believe we can still improve a lot, so we will try to do that.

Southgate's gentlemanly touch also characterises the best of Britain and he has been keen to highlight the achievements of his staff and players outside of the limelight.

"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. "This is the way for us to have success, and we're going to continue this way".

The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.