7/8/2018 12:30:46 AM (GMT+3)

England beat Sweden to qualify for semis after 28 years

England beat Sweden to qualify for semis after 28 years

SAMARA: England advanced to their first World Cup semifinal since 1990 with a 2-0 win over Sweden thanks to a pair of headed goals by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.

After a tepid opening half hour, Maguire was able to spring above his marker and latch on to the end of a floated Ashley Young corner to give England the lead in 30th minute.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was notably called into action early in the second half when he saved Marcus Berg’s header.

But Dele doubled the lead when he timed his run at the back post and headed in a cross delivered by Jesse Lingard in 59th. 

England held on to their two-goal cushion thanks to several Pickford saves to seal their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

Pickford made several crucial saves throughout the match to record the Three Lions’ first clean sheet in the tournament. 

"Pickford is the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be. The number of touches you have with your feet is exceptionally high in the modern game, especially in European and international football. His speed around the goal today, the saves he made at critical times, and generally his distribution there were some great moments. To be able to play the way we want moving forward, we need goalkeepers of that ilk," said England coach Gareth Southgate.