England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden


But the travelling support were relentless, singing and cheering throughout the game on a delirious high after so many years of hurt.

"All I know is the managers who have got to semi-finals (with England) are ones I hugely respect and to be involved at this stage with England now is an incredible feeling". I'm not sure he's always believed that. I never expected this at the start of the tournament. And because of that it was no surprise that Maguire was named in an unchanged line up for their crunch quarter final match against Sweden.

The Everton number one added: "We can go and create our own history, but now it is about rest and recovery for the next game".

Terry Shepherd, 65, from Stockton-on-Tees, in Durham, was in the stadium with his son Lee, 33.

Mikhail Maltsev, the Head of the Tourism Department in Samara region, says that England fans and all other groups of supporters have behaved well in Russia's World Cup.

"We don't have renowned, world-class players yet but we've got lots of good young players who are showing on the young stage that they can be fearless on the ball, try and play the right way, have shown some mental resilience".

"They've got a blend of youth, experience, technical ability, very good".

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"But at the end of the day I still think we're good enough. Controlled the game. Fantastic", Tim Banks said.

The Galaxy sealed the agreement between the two men, with eyes set to be on them to see if they carry out their respective forfeits.

Scott Kynnersley, 37, from Crewe, said: "Amazing - it doesn't get better".

Many of them stopped in the Shannon bar in the centre of the city, on the banks of the Volga river, hours before the game to sing songs and hang up flags.

"He's very skilful. Not just at penalties but in everything he does, and we'll have to work hard to stop him", he cautioned.

"I wanted to try and gather all the players out on the pitch".

"If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that England will need to play with more finesse if they are to harbour serious ambitions of winning this competition".