Sweden team woken by fire alarm hours before England game

Sweden team woken by fire alarm hours before England game

Sweden team woken by fire alarm hours before England game

England forward Raheem Sterling has yet to score at the World Cup from his unusual position as the support striker to Harry Kane, and his finishing let him down against Sweden.

England sealed victory when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard's lofted cross at the far post.

They were set on their way when Maguire rose imperiously 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.

Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart.

England were given an unlikely early boost on their Saturday of destiny when the Sweden team was woken by a fire alarm in their team hotel.

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The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said. They all count as much as a 25-yard screamer or an intricate team goal, particularly when working within the fine margins of tournament football, but England now have an outstanding chance of making the final despite rarely looking fluent.

The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.

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The star on the day was arguably Pickford, who is in line to join the excellent Maguire in emerging from this tournament with significantly higher stock.

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Gareth Southgate's charges also overcame a mental hurdle that has seen England always falter in penalty shoot-outs in major competitions.

The enormous frustration for Sweden will be that they were beaten at their own game.

And so the deal is set, and with social media as their witness - eyes will now be set on the pair to ensure they carry out their respective forfeits.

Sweden, which beat Denmark is a tough team to beat. It was a sign of what was to come - direct balls, long throws, pressing - but it didn't trouble England.

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