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Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

England revel in World Cup glory as hosts bow out

England revel in World Cup glory as hosts bow out

Sweden will face the Three Lions of England in the quarterfinal match at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup and the ex Manchester United star believes his country can defeat England.

Before Saturday's win, achieved by goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, England had only beaten Sweden twice in their last 15 meetings.

Gareth Southgate believes togetherness and drive has been a winning combination for his eager squad, with even the Euro 2016 humiliation providing a platform as England reached the World Cup semi-finals.

But Southgate is already proud of the work ethic and unity shown by his squad after overhauling the squad with young players during his 22 month reign.

"England fans have been waiting a long time to get this far and they're very excited", he said.

Their valiant efforts in Russian Federation have seen thousands hit the pubs and clubs to support their boys from back home, with venues in Brighton regularly filling up when the Three Lions have played.

"We have got to this point because our collective is so strong". We've been trying to fit players in because individually they were great players but this one we seem to pick the players to suit the team and the way that Gareth Southgate sees us playing.

He said: "We can beat either Russian Federation or Croatia and reach the final, and I feel confident".

Marvin Humes & Kat Shoob revealed this afternoon that the iconic football anthem had knocked Clean Bandit's "Solo" off the top spot, twenty-two years after its original release.

"We are better than this England".

"They don't concede a lot of chances so it was important we stuck to what we were doing, we kept moving the ball as quickly as we could and waited patiently for the opportunities".

Croatia, who last reached the semis in 1998, now face the challenge of trying to recover in time to play England in Moscow on Wednesday after their second consecutive penalty shootout drained their players of energy. "We are progressing really well and we do have some good players. It's another massive game in the semi and one that we will have belief in". With their arms around each other, the players listened as the coach tried to remind them of the incredible feat they had achieved. It was later re-released for the 1998 World Cup. "You deserve this moment - Football's Coming Home! W".

The number one comes 22 years after the song was released in 1996 to accompany the European Championships, which were that year held in England.

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