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Five things we've learned: Sweden V England

England booked themselves a place in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup with an impressive victory over Sweden in Samara.

Here are five things we've learned from their clash with the Swede's...


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Harry Kane didn't score today as the goals came from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli who both headed home.

England – who scored with both of their shots on target today – have found the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on goal at the 2018 World Cup.

England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time, also doing so in their victorious year of 1966.


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Jordan Pickford earned his first World Cup clean sheet today with three saves, making him the youngest England goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup match (24y 122d).

This in addition to his penalty-saving heroics against Colombia last week is proving the England shot-stopper is capable of producing fine performances at the highest level.


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England have scored eight goals via set pieces at the 2018 World Cup, the most by a team at a World Cup tournament since Portugal in 1966 (also eight).

England will face Croatia or Russia in the semi-final and the Three Lions have looked a serious threat from set pieces throughout the tournament so far.

Could this be the key to reaching the final?


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These two teams have some history, but Sweden have now lost three of their last four matches against England (W1), since a run of 12 consecutive matches without defeat against them between 1979 and 2006.

It seems England's aerial threat is something Sweden struggle to deal with, as six of England’s last 11 goals against their opponents coming from headers, all from different players (Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Andy Carroll, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli).

IT'S COMING HOME (well maybe)

Fans watch the FIFA World Cup quarter final between England and Sweden on big screens after qualifying ahead of the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Credit: AP

All around the country fans tuned in to the Quarter-Final match against Sweden, whether they were at the tennis in Wimbledon or at the racing in Silverstone. With the fans showing this much belief, will England be able to bring football home?

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