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England will be looking to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years when they take on Sweden this afternoon.

England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time to reach the quarter-finals, but upcoming opponents Sweden will pose another challenge that has proved notoriously hard in the past.

Ibrahimovic kicked off proceedings by tweeting: "Yo @davidbeckham if @England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me what ever I want from @IKEASverige ok?"

"We've not got a good record against them, I think we've always underestimated them", Southgate said following a dramatic victory over Colombia in the last 16.

"We have played some players who are very tender years in their careers but we believe in them".

As the match ended on Saturday a peak of 19.9 million tuned in to watch the England side reach their furthest stage in the World Cup since 1990.

"We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores", the statement said.

If successful, they will play in their first final at the competition since they won the trophy in 1966.

Sweden were undone at two set pieces - goals from which are becoming quite a trend for England - but the Swedish manager lavished praise on England for being "the best team".

Swedish football journalist Kristopher Karlsson told AFP his country's success against England can be partly traced to the footballing links between the two nations.

And just before Sweden could throw the kitchen sink at their opponents, Dele Alli popped up with a header of his own to put the game to bed. We feel good. Confident.

However, while Sweden were pressing forward, the space was opening up for England at the other end and just before the hour mark, the lead was doubled when Alli was picked out by Jesse Lingard and the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder sent a header into the roof of the net from eight yards.

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said. "It's an incredible feeling to be going to a semifinal at a World Cup".

Pickford was tested for the first time early in the second half when Marcus Berg forced him into super save to his left.

"However, there is no such thing as a weak team in a World Cup".

Even having seen the prices of the chips at Wembley and the furniture at Ikea, we're pretty sure that either of these footballing Goliath's can probably afford it.


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