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England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate, the coach for England's national football team, has one career moment that will follow him forever. It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in global soccer.

He famously appeared in a pizza advertisement that played on his penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shootout against eventual champions Germany.

"It's about keeping performing and getting better, and the more games you play, the better you become".

For Southgate, that is more than just good PR.

Berg's next competitive match is expected to be the Arabian Gulf Super Cup against Al Wahda next month, before the club get their title defence underway with an away trip to Emirates on August 31.

"At the beginning of this we talked to them about how big it would be if England did well", Southgate said.

England make it to first semi-final in 28 years
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was notably called into action early in the second half when he saved Marcus Berg's header. But the performances of Gareth Southgate's young lineup in Russian Federation are being celebrated wildly back home.

England have four days to recover before facing Croatia in the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday night.

"We want people to celebrate.but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services' resources", he said.

Leicester defender Harry Maguire headed England ahead in the first half in Samara and Tottenham's Dele Alli added a second just before the hour as Southgate's team enjoyed the lion's share of possession.

"I knew they were going to win, I have faith".

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. "Like I did with most rounds, with a curry and a beer".

Nevertheless Rowe, a devoted England fan who has spent around £50,000 (56,600 euros, $66,500) to follow England over the past two decades, will wear his £65 Marks and Spencer waistcoat again on Wednesday.

Rewinding to the 1966 World Cup (as I must), fans did not rush out to buy a copy of Sir Alf Ramsey's bright blue tracksuit with its elasticated red, white and blue cuffs, which he wore with white socks.


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