How have Three Lions reached the semi finals?

Playing to the crowd England manager Gareth Southgate salutes their fans after the

Shilton, who won 125 caps for his country, was the goalkeeper for England last World Cup semi-final appearance when West Germany beat Bobby Robson's side on penalties.

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. I always say a prayer, the same prayer, before the game.

Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal. "We looked like we controlled the game".

Should Southgate's team go one step further than the 1990 team did, they would meet either France or Belgium in their first World Cup final in over half a century. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".

"One hundred per cent I think you can see that in the way that we play, everybody the whole 23, willing to put everything aside, whatever their personal interests might be, purely for the team to be successful", he said.

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"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really unsafe".

"You want to be playing the top teams and test yourself", said Alli.

'She's done a lot of work with us, more so leading into the World Cup before we got out here.

Belgium have been the better attacking side of the two teams, generating an average of 2.33 xGF, almost double that of France's (1.26 xGF). Belgium managed just 0.54 xG against Brazil, with an own goal and a clinical finish from Kevin De Bruyne (5%) sending them through. It's 28 years since we got to a semi-final but no player in the dressing room would have told you "we're not confident" or "we're not going to get there". "It's going to be tough but let's say it's definitely coming home".

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