Three Lions hero Jordan Pickford has said England can create its own history and go all the way this World Cup as his squad prepare for the team’s first semi-final in 28 years.
England will face Croatia at 7pm on Wednesday in Moscow after the most expensive goalkeeper in British footballing history stopped Sweden scoring a single goal yesterday.
The 24-year-old man-of-the-match says his team is ready to earn its place in history following today’s 2-0 win in Samara, Russia.
‘I wasn’t born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final,’ he told the BBC. ‘We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history.’
Captain Harry Kane echoed his ambition and said he and his men were determined to make fans back home proud.
‘We know there is a big game ahead with the semi-final but we are feeling good and we’re confident,’ he said. ‘We just have to go again. We are enjoying it and we’ve got keep doing what we are doing and make the country proud.’
Coach Gareth Southgate said it was an ‘incredible feeling’ to lead the side into their first semi-final since 1990 after Dele Alli and Harry Maguire netted a goal each against Sweden.
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Jordan Pickford says England can make history this World Cup after the Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 in yesterday’s quarter-finals
Harry Kane will lead his men into the semi-finals against Croatia after Russia was knocked out of the World Cup shortly after England’s victory
Dele Alli rises above the Swedish defence to score England’s second header against Sweden in the quarter final clash
Go on, Dele! The England midfielder prepares to head the ball to the back of the net to put the Three Lions 2-0 up
The Three Lions took first blood in the fixture courtesy of Harry Maguire, rising highest on the half hour mark to meet an Ashley Young corner and send the ball crashing into the back of the net.
After surviving an early scare in the second half, England soon had their second, with Dele Alli heading home Jesse Lingard’s first-time, curling cross. Gareth Southgate and his men will now take on Croatia on Wednesday at 7pm.
The win sent shockwaves through the UK as 32 million England fans exploded with joy after watching the Three Lions make it through to the semi-final of a World Cup for the first time since 1990.
England’s date with destiny got off to a dream start after centre back Harry Maguire scored a header to put England 1-0 up at the 30 minute mark
The 25-year-old defender’s first goal at international level helped send his country through to the semis for the first time in three decades
Beers were thrown, shirts ripped off and flags waved as jubilant fans went wild when the final whistle was blown and England’s fate was sealed.
Defender Kieran Trippier – who has created 12 chances for England this World Cup – was praised by his father Chris after the final whistle.
He told MailOnline: ‘I’m so proud of my son, now he’s in the World Cup semi-final. I used to watch him play in a park in Bury, England are going to win.’
Kensington Palace congratulated the team on its most successful World Cup in almost three decades, telling Harry Kane’s squad they are ‘making history’ and echoing chants of ‘football’s coming home’ heard across the country this afternoon.
It came after The Bands of the Guards Division played a version of ‘Three Lions – It’s Coming Home’ on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Victorious exit: The England team leaves Samara after progressing to their first semi-final in 28 years following their win against Sweden today
Gareth Southgate leaves the stadium with ‘job done’ after the Three Lions beat Sweden to head into the semi-finals of Russia’s World Cup
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson signing balls at the airport as they leave Samara following their win over Sweden today
Sliding into the semis! Maguire celebrates with John Stones after scoring a goal that put England through to the semi-finals against the winner of tonight’s game between Russia and Croatia
Moments after Alli’s goal, Jordan Pickford pulled off a superb save to deny Sweden hitting back with a rapid response
We did it boys! England manager Gareth Southgate screams for joy as his team sail through to the World Cup semi finals
Captain Harry Kane celebrates with his friends and family following his side’s victory in the quarter final against Sweden in Samara today
Harry Kane celebrates today’s England victory with family and friends as he leads the national squad to the semi-finals in Russia’s World Cup
Jordan Henderson of England celebrates with his family after the Three Lions beat Sweden to progress to the semi-finals in Russia’s World Cup
After some spectacular saves against Sweden that helped take the Three Lions to the semi-finals, Jordan Pickford is awarded Man of the Match in Samara
Jordan Pickford’s girlfriend Megan Davison meets Sebastian Larsson’s wife and the pair share a hug in the stands at the end of the game
Henderson spends time with his children after bagging a spot in the semi-finals by beating Sweden in Samara, Russia, this afternoon
Gary Cahill of England celebrates with his wife, Gemma Acton, as the Three Lions look forward to the semi-finals in their best World Cup for 12 years
England captain Harry Kane celebrates his team’s victory against Sweden today by signing autographs with fans in Samara, Russia this afternoon
An excited young England fan holds up a ‘It’s Coming Home’ placard. Millions of fans back home sang the lyrics into the early hours of Sunday morning
Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling of England in the changing room after beating Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-finals
Jordan Henderson of England celebrates with his family following quarter-final victory over Sweden as the Three Lions look ahead to the semi-finals
The people’s captain: Members of the world’s media swarm around Harry Kane who threw his armband into the crowd
Captain Kane: Team leader Harry Kane is pictured throwing his captain band into the crowd as media surround him in Samara
That’s my boy! England manager Gareth Southgate hugs midfielder Dele Alli after nodding in the second header of the match
Manager Gareth Southgate embraces Harry Maguire after one of his goals saw England through to the semis
England defender Kyle Walker gives elated England something to remember as he hands over his shirt as a memento to travelling fans
Emotional scenes: England’s manager Gareth Southgate embraces another member of the coaching team after goal No 2
Leaders: Captain Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate are pictured walking off the pitch as they celebrate
Jumping for joy! England’s Ashley Young leaps onto one of the backroom staff as the reality of England’s win sinks in
The proudest girlfriend in the World… Cup! Dele Alli’s partner Ruby Mae is pictured after his header against Sweden in Samara
Ecstatic: Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s girlfriend Megan Davison celebrates England’s quarter-final goal
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was England’s hero in the penalty shoot-out win against Colombia and his girlfriend, Megan Davison, was spotted celebrating in the stands
She looked excited ahead of the game and Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Leicester striker Jamie, could be seen taking selfies with her children in the background
From left to right: Nicky Pike, wife of Ashley Young, Annabel Peyton, partner of England’s Jack Butland and Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie Vardy ahead of the game
It’s coming home! An England fan holds up a replica World Cup trophy as supporters in the Samara Arena celebrate the final whistle
We did it! England fans cheer from the stands of the Samara stadium after the full time whistle blew with a score of 2-0
A Gareth Southgate lookalike poses with England supporters in Samara, Russia, after the Three Lions beat Sweden to progress to the semi-finals
It’s coming home! England fans jump for joy after the full time whistle in Samara, Russia as the Three Lions go through
England fans in Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium hurl beer in the air the moment Deli Alli scores England’s second goal
England fans in Croydon’s Boxpark go wild as Deli Alli heads home second goal after Harry Maguire headed in the first
Now it’s TWO! England fans scream with joy as Deli Alli heads home Three Lions’ second goal against Sweden in World Cup
England fans go wild as they see Dele Alli head home ball while watching on giant screen at London’s Wireless festival
England supporters climbed on top of a bus in Manchester after the final whistle today as celebrations got wild back home
Fervent fans got shirtless as they sang songs and chanted on top of the First bus in Manchester’s city centre
Three Lions fans are showered with beer as England’s first goal in the World Cup clash with Sweden smashes home
The moment England fans in Flat Iron Square, London believe World Cup glory could be theirs as Three Lions scored again
England fans celebrate Dele Alli’s goal on the second half while watching World Cup quarter-final in London’s Flat Iron Square
England fans in the Spark bar in York cheer as Three Lions score second goal in Sweden World Cup clash
Come on England! The crowd goes wild at the Samara stadium as supporters watch Dele Alli take England 2-0 up
YEESSSSS! Three Lions fans in London explode with joy as Harry Maguire heads home England’s first goal in quarter-final
Beer rockets into the skies in Bristol as Three Lions fans cheer with pride after Harry Maguire scores first goal in Sweden clash
The Three Lions: England players pose for a squad photo minutes before kick off. In the starting line up (from top left) Kyle Walker, Ashley Young, John Stones, Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling
The Swedes (in yellow) wore their home kit while England came out in their away colours in the third quarter-final of the tournament so far
It was Maguire’s first international goal, and England’s 10th of the tournament.
SWEDEN: Olsen, Krafth, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson,Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen.
SUBS: Johnsson, Olsson, Guidetti, Svensson, Helander, Hiljemark, Jansson, Rohden, Durmaz, Thelin, Nordfeldt.
ENGLAND: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane.
SUBS: Butland, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope.
GOAL: Maguire 30, Alli 58
REFEREE: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
For the second goal, Jesse Lingard served up the ball to an unmarked Alli, who nodded in from close range.
It was England’s 11th goal in Russia, equaling the national record of 11 goals scored on the run to the World Cup title in 1966.
England will go into the semifinals against the winner of Saturday’s later match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi.
Sweden had their best chance two minutes into the second half with a Marcus Berg header, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pushed it out of harm’s way.
After a long, patient build-up Sterling finally took England inside the box and appealed for handball when his chipped pass hit Emil Forsberg.
Replays showed nothing for referee Bjorn Kuipers to be worried about and when England broke again, Trippier crossed too close to Olsen, who smothere
Space opened up in front of Claesson again on the quarter-hour but his ball into the box came off Henderson and allowed Harry Maguire to clear.
In the 19th minute England finally broke with some speed, Henderson cleverly shuttling the ball forward for the dashing Sterling.
The Manchester City winger made good progress upfield and stepped aside when his run brought him alongside Kane. The six-goal captain swept a shot at goal from 20 yards but was a yard off target.
The game had taken on a sluggish pace when Viktor Claesson was given space to shoot from 25 yards and let fly as England backed off.
The shot sailed comfortably high and wide but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was furious at the opening that had been offered and loudly remonstrated with his defenders.
Prince William could not contain his excitement as England secured a place in the World Cup semi-final.
The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association, tweeted ‘Football’s coming home’ after England beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara.
The Prince, who supports Aston Villa and regularly plays 5-aside, tweeted: ‘You wanted to make history @England and you are doing just that.
The Duke of Cambridge tweeted: ‘You wanted to make history #England and you are doing just that. This has been an incredible #WorldCup run and we’ve enjoyed every minute. You deserve this moment – Football’s Coming Home! W’
Cheryl followed Prince William’s lead and tweeted her congratulations to the England team this afternoon with the hashtag #itscominghome
David Beckham took to Instagram to congratulate the ‘confident, professional’ England team after a video emerged of him drinking wine before saying ‘it’s coming home’ to the camera
‘This has been an incredible World Cup run and we’ve enjoyed every minute. ‘You deserve this moment – Football’s Coming Home!’
He signed off ‘W’ which shows it was a personal tweet from him on the @KensingtonRoyal official twitter site.
Elsewhere Twitter exploded with hilarious #ENGSWE memes celebrating the match result.
Prior to kick-off, while the team warmed-up, a bevy of WAGs – including Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah and Harry Maguire’s girlfriend Fern Hawkins – took to social media to reveal their nerves for their team, after boarding private jets to fly to Samara from the base in Repino.
Rebekah led the way, as she continued to show off her patriotism and support for her husband Jamie, 31, as she flew her kids Megan, Taylor, Sofia and Finley, to the match, shortly before revealing she was hitting the wine while Fern followed suit with a frosty glass of bubbles – four hours before kick-off.
Ahead of hitting the jet, Rebekah smoldered in the thigh-grazing mini-dress which clung to her envy-inducing curves. In homage to the team, the white mini featured a football with ‘England 2018’ emblazoned on the front.
Letting her brunette tresses cascade over her shoulder, Rebekah teamed the look with a pair of chic white trainers. She captioned the post: ‘Come On England’.
Showing their support: In another post, Rebekah shared a snap of her four children, with the whole family donning red England shirts as they jetted out of Repino to head to Samara
Sultry: Rebekah Vardy continued to show off her patriotism as she shared a sultry snap in a minidress ahead of Saturday’s England vs Sweden quarter final of the World Cup in Russia
Boozy: The ladies seemed to be calming their nerves with some hard refreshments as Rebekah revealed she was having a ‘much needed’ glass of white wine while Fern was indulging in a refreshing sip of champagne
In another post Rebekah shared a snap of her four children, with the whole family donning red England shirts as they sat in the private jet.
The wives and girlfriends of Gareth Southgate’s team have been staying in Saint Petersburg, where the footballers have their base in Repino, before the team flew over to Samara on Friday afternoon.
Harry Maguire’s long-term girlfriend Fern was begroaning her early start as she took to social media to share a snap of the dreary runway while layering the time over the top of the shot – revealing it was 7.52am.
Rebekah too shared a snap of the plane’s departure from her window, writing early start alongside an unhappy face.
Bonding time: A day before Fern had shared a loved-up snap of her exploring Saint Petersberg with long-term boyfriend and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire
Tough times: Elsewhere Fern was begroaning her early start as she took to social media to share a snap of the dreary runway while layering the time over the top of the shot – revealing it was 7.52am
England supporters have been queuing up for four hours outside pubs in boiling heat to watch the Three Lions take on Sweden in their World Cup Quarter-final clash.
Today’s match at the Samara Arena brought the country to a standstill as a total of 32 million viewers – the biggest TV audience in living memory – tuned in.
Fervent football fans were pictured standing outside pubs in London as early as 10am this morning in sizzling 91.5F (33C) heat to secure a space inside.
These supporters have been queuing up since 10am this morning to get into The George pub in London Bridge to watch today’s tie
The fervent fans baked in sizzling 91.5F (33C) heat as they waited to secure a space inside the traditional English pub
England’s victories so far in Russia have sparked scenes of wild celebration here and the atmosphere today was even more electric.
Elsewhere, crowds flocked to outdoor big screens in cities including London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Exeter and Leeds to make the most of the beautiful weather while watching the game.
To help keep cool – or steady the nerves – 38 million pints of beer were drunk by fans as the latest chapter in captain Harry Kane and the team’s Russian adventure triggered a £190million big-game drinks and food spree.
A line wraps around the block outside of a pub in Clapham shortly before 12pm today – almost four hours before the match kicks off
There was a massive queue outside of The Original Oak in Headingley, Leeds, this morning. Around 32 million viewers are expected to tune in to BBC1 to watch Gareth Southgate’s men
Fans queue outside Water Poet in Liverpool Street, central London, this morning to watch England attempt to reach their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years
Some 18 million pints were downed in pubs – 7 million more than usual – with pub takings soaring to £100 million as a predicted 3.5 million fans pack the country’s 40,000 pubs to watch the match.
At home, 20m pints are expected to be drunk today costing around £22m, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said. Food spending on the match will add up to another £30m in pubs and £40m at home.
Swedish WAGs geared up to cheer on their footballing husbands by taking to Instagram to showcase their support.
And while England’s chief WAG is Rebekah Vardy, the leader of Sweden’s contingent is Maja Nilsson
Maja married Manchester United defender Lindelof in Sweden last month after getting engaged in the Maldives. She snapped this pictured, left, of the WAGs getting the beers in
And while England’s chief WAG is Rebekah Vardy, the leader of Sweden’s contingent is Maja Nilsson.
Maja married Manchester United defender Lindelof in Sweden last month after getting engaged in the Maldives.
She later shared photos of the beautiful countryside ceremony on her personal blog and Instagram, where she boasts 114,00 followers.
Josefin Johnsson, wife of Mikael Lustig of Sweden. Donning Sweden ‘s famous yellow shirts, the wives and girlfriends of Sweden’s players are prearing for the game in Samara, Russia today
Josefin Johnsson, left, the wife of Sweden’s Mikael Lustig and Tina Loonberg, centre, the girlfriend of Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson before today’s match against England
The glamorous blonde who works in marketing is a blogger and also hosts a podcast alongside fellow WAG and best friend Sanna Dahlstrom
Former fashion student, Josefine Ringblom – Macus Berg’s wife – likes to show off her favourite garments on Instagram
The glamorous blonde who works in marketing is a blogger and also hosts a podcast alongside fellow WAG and best friend Sanna Dahlstrom.
And she’s become known for her forthright views, coming under fire from some United fans when she hit out at bosses over the ‘disgusting’ cost of executive boxes at Old Trafford.
Rather shockingly, around 10,000 tickets remain unsold for England’s match against Sweden, as 32m Brits worldwide gear-up to watch the game on TV.
There are supposed to be around 3000 England fans at the Samara stadium today and they looked to be in high voice ahead of the game
Just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game against Sweden. Pictured England fans in Samara pose with a Mexico fan
Becca Shearman, 22, takes on the Swedish meatball challenge at Apocalypse Cow in Liverpool. She will be one of the many watching the game on TV today
England’s supporters on the streets of Russia ahead of today’s crunch game against Sweden
Just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game in which they are likely to be vastly outnumbered by Swedish fans.
In comparison, more fans are expected to watch the game at a free screening at Nottingham Castle – 3,000 people, according to Sky.
England’s thrilling victory over Colombia was watched by a whopping 23.8m people – making it the most viewed TV programme of the year.
This young England fan looks more than ready for the match as he shouts and waves the national flag, with kickoff closing in
These fans also look ready with the England flag painted on their faces as they wait for the World Cup quarter-final to get underway
Bars across the country have been filling up on beer ahead of today’s game against Sweden. Pictured beer being delivered
England fans on the streets of Samara. The Three Lions match against Sweden is likely to attract 30m viewers, making it the most viewed England game ever
The Three Lions match against West Germany in the World Cup in Italy in 1990 is the team’s current most viewed game ever.
But the game against Sweden today is tipped to top the Italia 90 viewing figures, with up to 30m people expected to watch the game.
Despite England being mere hours away from their big World Cup clash against Sweden, Sir Bobby Charlton was spotted signing autographs and joining in on the fun.
The World Cup winner seemed to be relaxed ahead a big day of sport for England with the World Cup quarter-final later and Kyle Edmund set to take on three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.
It remains to be seen whether he will be leaving Wimbledon early with the England vs Sweden game set to kick off at 3.00pm and Edmund’s match starting at 4.15pm.
This fan let the world know where he’d rather be when he held up a placard cheering on the England team at Wimbledon
Sir Bobby Charlton was spotted visiting Wimbledon today despite the England vs Sweden World Cup quarter-final being just hours away
The former World Cup winner and England legend joined a host of other sporting personalities to watch the tennis, with British number one Kyle Edmund set to take on Novak Djokovic
British tennis number one Kyle Edmund, pictured, is facing a major task today but took the the time out to throw his support behind the England football time
Former England footballer Bobby Charlton and his wife Norma take their seat in the Royal box on Centre Court before watching Spain’s Rafael Nadal play against Australia’s Alex De Minaur
Sir Bobby was among those in the royal box on Saturday.
He was joined by sporting stars including Sir Mo Farah, boxer David Haye, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and former cricketer Andrew Strauss, on another scorching day at Wimbledon.
At the Rose and Crown pub in Wimbledon village, scores of fans have gathered for the England game, including many who have left Wimbledon.
Those who have tickets for Saturday’s tennis have been issued with pink and blue re-entry wristbands.
There were chants of ‘get the tennis off’ as fans waited eagerly for the football to be put on the big screens.
Clive McCabe, from Twickenham, has seats on Court One but has left to watch the football.
He said: ‘It’s the most people who have left Wimbledon on middle Saturday between 1pm and 2pm.’
He added: ‘There’s more people leaving than going in.’
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced on Friday that Edmund will play third on Centre Court, with the scheduling likely to avoid a clash between the tennis and football.
Haye admitted he would be one of those trying to juggle the two sporting events.
With so many watching the match, the nation came to a halt today with roads, high streets and train stations empty throughout the 90 minutes of the quarter-final.
The RAC said it expects ‘the quietest Saturday afternoon of the year, with deserted roads.’
Shopping centres such as London‘s Oxford Street – one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations – are also expected to be quieter than they typically would be on a Saturday afternoon
An empty bluewater shopping centre minutes before England kicked off their quarter final match with Sweden
Fans clear out of shopping centres and head to the pub to watch England play Sweden in the quarter-final of the World cup
Bluewater shopping centre was exceedingly quiet as fans disappeared away from shops to watch the quarter finals
The M4 near Bristol at 3.20 as everyone head inside to watch the match
The M25 near Epping, London is eerily quiet as England take on Sweden in the quarter final of the World Cup
Elsewhere, shops and streets were deserted as everyone headed to the nearest screen to catch the game.
Bluewater in Kent, one of the country’s biggest shopping centres was like a ghost town.
The usually bustling indoor shopping street saw barely anyone frequent the big name high street chains such as Waterstones, House of Fraser and Urban Outfitters.
Empty spaces galore at Morrisons car park in Byker, Newcastle, at 3.30pm today – usually a thriving scene on a Saturday afternoon, but today is like a ghost town
No queues here! The deserted shopping tills at Morrisons in Byker in Newcastle as England fans show their on the ball and watch the game
The A1 near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire was very quiet on Saturday lunchtime just before kick off as people stayed indoors to watch England play in the World Cup
A deserted Tyne Bridge at 3pm today as fans head to the pub to watch England take on Sweden in the biggest Three Lions match in a decade
Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge was deserted at 3pm today as the Three Lions kicked off.
Eerie images show the usually congested road with no cars to be seen.
Other pictures show the A1 completely clear for miles as millions of people stayed inside to watch the World Cup.
There were empty spaces galore at Morrisons car park in Byker, Newcastle, at 3.30pm today – usually a thriving scene on a Saturday afternoon, but today is like a ghost town.