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World Cup: England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

World Cup: England fans 'dare to dream' after win over Sweden

England has to win two more games to bring the World Cup home, but the enthusiasm some football fans displayed after their team advanced to the semifinals met worldwide expectations.

Man-of-the-match Jordan Pickford made three outstanding saves to keep Sweden at bay, further burnishing a reputation that has grown throughout the tournament.

James Bastin said: "No matter where this insane World Cup takes us, I am eternally thankful to the England team for the glimmer of hope they injected into all of our lives - at least home feels like home again".

Pickford came into the world Cup with a handful of worldwide caps, the backing of Gareth Southgate and a lot of hype about his abilities.

Kyle Walker, for example, repeatedly found himself in good areas and space to deliver a cross but chose to lay the ball off to players with better delivery like Trippier and Jesse Lingard, who assisted Dele Alli for the second goal.

"I am looking forward to enjoying a football match, because whatever happens I believe again".

England have won the World Cup just once, when they hosted it in 1966, but the public and pundits are starting to dream. Now they can dream of a grander ambition.

Russia's fairytale run came to a halt as they were beaten on penalties by Croatia after 120 gruelling minutes of football.

"And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at worldwide level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play".

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The Top 6 was rounded out by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen coming 5th and 6th, respectively. Vasseur said: "We have a contract until the end of the season and we didn't speak so far about the future".

"The boys are bringing it back home".

Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov lamented that fortune had not smiled on his side.

"We have a plan, an identity and a togetherness that seems water tight", says Mark Ratheram.

"They still want to fight that war".

Pending victory, Gareth Southgate's squad will play either France or Belgium in the final, held on Sunday. They look like the country we've become, and they too are behaving like admirable men.

"Probably one big difference is that we had four genuine world-class players in Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves (who did not play in the final)".

Croatia defender Vida faced possible disciplinary sanctions from Federation Internationale de Football Association after posting a clip dedicating the victory to Ukraine.

Berg's next competitive match is expected to be the Arabian Gulf Super Cup against Al Wahda next month, before the club get their title defence underway with an away trip to Emirates on August 31.

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