England fans 'dare to dream' after World Cup win over Sweden

If you were Gareth Southgate who would you pick to face Sweden

England, the 1966 World Cup champions, last reached the semifinals in 1990.

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli earn England a 2-0 victory over Sweden in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final in Samara.

Sunday's papers are awash with reaction to events in Samara, here is what they made of the latest triumph from Gareth Southgate's team.

Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.

The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.

At the start of his tenure in 2016, Southgate realized he had to deliver an important message to his players: Any success with England will be greater than anything achieved with their clubs. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage. We were faced with a good team, England were the best team today.

But even that goal failed to wake the game from its slumber, as both teams continued to battle like two boxing featherweights (this was no heavyweight fight), with each sizing up the other but in no mood to deliver the final punch.

More news: A guide to the quarter-final ties

So England, having fallen to the foot of the mountain, now find themselves climbing back up it, but Russian Federation 2018 has already seen them write more positive chapters in the nation's footballing history.

"When you go through a battle like that and come through as winners it gives you so much energy and so much belief to do it again".

"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said.

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Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped. He wrote, "Every player should get a golden ball in Sweden".

"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final", said Pickford.

"Dele's performance against Tunisia was as good as he's had since I've been England manager", said Southgate, whose only fitness worry centres around Jamie Vardy's thigh injury.

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