England fan Joe Bass ecstatic after Sweden victory

England's midfielder Dele Alli holds his leg in pain during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3

England's midfielder Dele Alli holds his leg in pain during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3

England has to win two more games to bring the World Cup home, but the enthusiasm some football fans displayed after their team advanced to the semifinals met worldwide expectations.

It would be England's first major final since '66 were they to succeed, when Sir Alf Ramsey led the Three Lions to World Cup glory.

Gareth Southgate has worked wonders since being appointed as England manager. Southgate referenced the 1966 World Cup when he first started working with his England players to explain to them what it would mean to lift the trophy.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look.

England is just hoping Pickford's thumb heals in time for Croatia. Jakob Johansson will return from the knee injury he sustained after scoring the playoff goal against Italy that got Sweden to the World Cup, and Albin Ekdal showed in Russian Federation that he is well capable of anchoring the midfield with him.

"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won".

England now face Croatia in their semi-final match on Wednesday 11 July which will air on BBC One.




"To be able to play the way that I think we want to play going forward", Southgate said, "we need goalkeepers of that ilk".

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

"I'd love to be able to do it with however many millions who are watching at home but the supporters who are here, they're singing and I know what they've been through and I met lots of them before we came". Beckham promised to buy Zlatan whatever he wanted from IKEA if Sweden would have beaten England.

He said shops were damaged and people abused and assaulted, while other fans climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to the vehicles and in some cases themselves.

"I signed kids' napkins in McDonald's in 96 after he missed the penalty, have been shouted at by Colombian fans and got free beers in the Irish bar", Rowe told the BBC.

There is no bunting in the cafes or at the supermarket which several members of the team have visited on rest days.

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