England are through to the World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990 after a 2-0 win over Sweden.
Thankfully for England, this was far less nerve-wracking than the win over Colombia in the round-of-16.
Harry Maguire headed Gareth Southgate’s side into the lead in the 30th minute, powering home an effort from Ashley Young’s corner.
Dele Alli made it 2-0 in the second half with another header and England kept Sweden out thanks to some remarkable saves from Jordan Pickford to seal their place in the final four.
Is it actually coming home?
England supporters are stating to believe.
Either Croatia or Russia will await in the semi-final and neither will spark a great deal of fear into Southgate’s side.
The England coach will be enormously proud of each and every one of his players, who are giving their all in Russia.
The excitement was clear to see when the referee blew the final whistle - but it was all a bit too much for Marcus Rashford.
The 20-year-old, brought on as a sub in injury-time, broke down in tears as he crouched on the pitch.
Southgate quickly spotted the young striker and comforted him.
England fans really felt Rashford’s reaction, seeing it as a sign of just how much this all means to him.
Rashford may have started just one match at the tournament but his reaction highlights just how together this England side is.
It’s a credit to Southgate, who has managed to make all of his players feel important.
Harry Kane spoke about the “band of brothers” feeling within the dressing room before the match.
The ‘Golden Generation’ was filled with individual stars who could never get it together as a team.
This is the opposite in some ways; with the likes of Pickford, Maguire and Kieran Trippier really stepping up on the biggest stage of them all.
England will now watch the meeting between Croatia and Russia.
Brazil and Belgium will contest the other semi-final.
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