Maguire: It's coming home for England...hopefully


A 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday helped England secure their place in the semis where they will take on Croatia on Wednesday.

"And we've got to take performance decisions".

Let's be honest, Ibrahimovic seems like a man of his word and the idea of him grazing on fish and chips in an England jersey is pretty hilarious.

The England boss refused to get dragged into political chat and laughed off the social media hashtag #GarethSouthgateWould - England's tailors have also declared Saturday "National Waistcoat Day" in his honour - but he was far more forthcoming when it came to leading his country - what has often been called "an impossible job".

Around 85 per cent of England fans are expected to watch matches at home, with the CRR saying they are likely to fork out a total of about £1.2bn on food and drink if the England team gets to the final. "I didn't sleep very much last night, so I'm glad that it's happened now", the 33-year-old told a pre-match press conference. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

Southgate feels privileged to "connect everyone through football" and hopes to keep the party going back home.

"Generally speaking I believe in being thorough so we have prepared how we are going to deal with extra-time and penalties", he said.

"If I have the position to fly home quickly then I may do that".

There was another against Sweden, with Maguire heading in a driven corner from Ashley Young in the 30th minute. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.

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"We were faced with a really good opponent and we didn't get to peak performance, our personal best level that I've talked about before".

Viktor Claesson's hopeful effort from distance was the best rudimentary Sweden managed in a scrappy opening, but the Three Lions were doing little better as Alli overhit a through ball after snatching possession off over-confident Emil Krafth. "We worked on that in practice".

He denied the Swedes several more times in the second half.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding.

They have attempted 18 shots, one more than England.

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defence late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

And Granqvist believes Sweden could have the edge in the last-eight game due to their team spirit.

They lacked the resilience displayed in the last-16 defeat of Switzerland, but Andersson said the outcome was through England's excellence more than anything.

"I spoke before the tournament about the togetherness, the trust and that, but we always wanted to prove it on the pitch and show on the pitch that we can do that".