England fans trash an IKEA after win over Sweden

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To get through the two games we had this week, we needed all of that because we're not the finished article.

Gareth Southgate's young side face the Scandinavians in Samara at 1400 GMT with a place in the last four against either Croatia or hosts Russian Federation up for grabs.

Gareth Southgate bristled at Swedish suggestions that England are a "team of entitlement" as his group of fighters and grafters prepare to grab their chance of a lifetime.

"This is absolutely fantastic - I think they can actually go all they way".

England fans made up 2,836 in sales and Sweden fans numbered 3,078.

Meanwhile right back Kieran Trippier, who came to Russian Federation with barely a handful of caps, has established himself as a key player in the team: not just for his pace in defense, but for his countless forward runs and his crossing.

The 25-year-old has been excellent for England during the World Cup and is also being linked with Tottenham.

There was no clearer display of that character than England's recovery from their stoppage-time gut-punch against Colombia, before ripping up the script to win a penalty shoot-out. "We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".

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"President Putin called me before the (last-16) game with the Spanish and after", said Cherchesov, who masterminded a win against Spain on penalties in the last 16.

"To be honest for a quarter-final we were quite comfortable and I wasn't expecting that because Sweden area always tough".

"First time I've seen them get there".

Sheffield's Harry Maguire is the toast of the country this evening after his goal set England on there way to the World Cup semi-finals.

"We spoke to the players today - none of us fancied going home".

Prying him away from the Foxes could see us end up spending a huge amount of cash, especially if England progress further in the World Cup.

"Of course, when you sit and think about the people who've got to this point before, people I hugely respect and admire, it's hard to put that into perspective, really. I believe they are perfectly capable of going all the way".

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