Nearly 20 million tune in to watch England's march into semi-finals

Ibrahimovic believes Sweden can reach the semifinal at Russia 2018

England defeated Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to go through to the 2018 World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990.

The match, which saw Harry Maguire and Dele Alli net to send the Three Lions into only their third World Cup semi-final, also brought a new online record for live viewing on the BBC.

English media heaped praise on Gareth Southgate's team for reaching the World Cup semi-finals and told the country to cancel plans for Wednesday evening when they face Croatia seeking a place in the final. "We're enjoying it, I know the fans here are enjoying it, and the fans back home - I know we'll see some videos tonight of everyone enjoying it, so we've just got to keep doing what we're doing and make our country proud". We've got a tough game coming up against Croatia, but we feel confident.

We've had so much preparation for this game, we made a quick recovery from the second round, so I thought it was fantastic today.

The 28-year wait erupted with wild celebrations after England's victory over Sweden in the team's first quarter-final victory for almost 30 years. This atmosphere is likely to sustain beyond the World Cup, even if football does not come home. He spoke of a squad of players who will do anything for each other and who want to work and to learn.

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"I think France and Belgium have proven to be really good sides". That we have got players with super technique.

The defender watched England from the stands at Euro 2016, and he admitted that he has not yet fully come to terms with everything he has achieved in the last two years.

It was a similar story in the round-of-16 against Denmark and, on the back of those two gruelling encounters, they now have just four days to prepare for an England side that beat Sweden in 90 minutes. "It's another massive game in the semi and one that we will have belief in".

Now they are a main threat and a useful weapon and with no small thanks to Allan Russell, who is the man in charge of their set pieces.

While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stepped up his campaign for a bank holiday if England wins the World Cup.

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