The England football team managed to thrashed the Swedish team 2-0 in a match that was played in Russia. This meant that the English team qualified for the Semi-finals of the tournament. This was the first time that the English team reached the semi-finals in the World Cup after almost three decades. After a very confused mood in the start of the game, the English team took the lead through a goal that was scored by Harry Maguire. Ashley Young had provided an excellent cross past Robin Olsen that found the head of Maguire. The centre-back never hesitated to net the ball giving the English team an early lead. England then managed to seal their victory during the second half when Tottenham’s star Dele Alli got the opportunity to deliver a superb finish. The forward received a tactical pass from mid-fielder Jesse Lingard. Alli noted where the keeper was positioned and delivered the ball in the net. The goals gave the English hopes of qualifying for the next round.
Gareth Southgate seemed all calmed as he was somehow sure that he had guided the team safely in the match against Sweden. On the other hand, the Swedish team had their opportunities of equalizing the goals. However, Jordan Pickford denied Sweden goals after he made very impressive saves. Gareth’s young side defied all odds to hold onto the pressure of the game to reach the last four. After England had qualified for the semi-finals, it was assumed that they were left with only two games in Russia if at all they were to qualify for the finals. England was the third youngest team in Russia. Even as young as they were, they had gone beyond measures to prove their worth in the World cup.
Their performance was not what everybody anticipated. Gareth’s young team indeed delivered England’s first ever better performance at the World Cup after several years.
All eyes were turned to their game against Croatia in the semis. The two sides were adamant in all manners as they strived to get the better part of each other. By then, the English had shown vast improvement in the way they played and defended on the pitch. Also, the squad had been reported to possess a unique togetherness that had made the relationship between each player very cohesive. According to experts, Sweden’s game plan was all open from the kickoff. All the eleven players were behind the ball, and yet they never had any possession. England suffocated the spaces that they left in between.