England take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday with a place in the World Cup semi-finals at stake, and while some may be surprised to see the Scandinavians in the last eight, defender John Stones says they can not be underestimated.
They were set on their way when Maguire rose to head home from a corner and Alli added the killer blow after the break as England showed they are not entirely dependent on the tournament's leading scorer Harry Kane for goals. It's not that manager Gareth Southgate's team has been dominant, far from it, especially from the run of play.
It was England's 11th goal in Russian Federation, equaling the national record of 11 goals scored on the run to the World Cup title in 1966.
England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.
"Sometimes they can throw you these teams, they can go kind of under the radar, but there is no question they are a good team".
Gareth Southgate's side now face hosts Russian Federation or Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in next Sunday's final.
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A fine cross from the left found Berg at the far post, with his powerful header forcing an outstanding one-handed stop out of Pickford. They fully deserve a place in the semis. Even in finally snapping their streak of tournament-ending losses from the penalty spot in the Round of 16 thriller against Colombia, they were following a meticulous plan devised by Southgate and his staff.
For the first time since the 1990s, England is in the last four of a major tournament.
The Croatians lost to France in the semis 20 years ago. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage. It's a chance to clamber onto traffic lights, fling beer in the air and toast the success of the footballers in an outpouring of delirium not witnessed across England since the last century. Southgate's young guns weren't really expected to compete for the title this summer as much as they were laying the groundwork in order to field a genuine challenger in 2022.
"They were not happy and that wouldn't be a surprise when they were supposed to be getting their beauty sleep before what is probably the biggest games of their lives".
"Everyone has been able to see this since the beginning of the World Cup, and now we expect to be here until the last day".