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. "I believe that they are perfectly able to go all the way".
Sir Geoff Hurst, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, tweeted: "Magnificent win, magnificent display, magnificent team, and some terrific individual performances, Trippier, Pickford, Maguire, Sterling, absolutely delighted".
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"The resilience of the team and togetherness was special today".
And while both teams, drinking side-by-side, were civil enough during the game.
"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said.
Despite that, it was a jittery first half with England coming close several times.
If England do beat Sweden and reach the last four, their next match will be in Moscow on Wednesday night, which will be far more accessible.
Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th.
Instead, the Three Lions took the direct route, with Leicester City centre-back Maguire powering in a header from an Ashley Young corner.
"So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it hard". It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the centre back's first in worldwide football.
Although Sweden rallied in the final 30 minutes, forcing two good saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England comfortably held on for its first shutout of the tournament. The shot-stopper was called into action three times to deny Marcus Berg and Viktor Klaesson - and he did so superbly.
Well, to be fair weddings are planned way ahead, and no one would have speculated that England would be playing a crucial match on the very day. Sterling in particular proved a bright spark with his movement and pressing, and was unfortunate not to open his account - thwarted by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
For Sweden, who failed to qualify for the previous two World Cups, it was their best result since finishing third at the 1994 finals.