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Gareth Southgate: Miracle man? Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

And then there were four. Although perhaps only 3½, Croatia looking like a side more ready for a health farm than a World Cup semi-final by the time t(...)

 England’s Dele Alli  scores his side’s second goal during  the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

England 2 Sweden 0 The increasingly excited/anxious debate about this England side’s progress through the World Cup can be broadly summed up in a co(...)

England’s defender Harry Maguire celebrates at the end of the match. Photograph: Getty Images

The time might have come for us all to be generous and say ‘well done you lot’. Our neighbours are now, you’d have to be thinking, World Cup winners-e(...)

Jordan Pickford dives to save a Marcus Berg header as England beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Jordan Pickford Followed up on his penalty shootout heroics against Colombia with a fine display - his second half saves from Berg and Claesson preve(...)

England’s Harry Maguire scores from a corner in the first half. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

England 2 Sweden 0 Whether football is coming “home” might remain a little less certain than the fans like to suggest in song but as Gareth Southgat(...)

Gareth Southgate, England’s bespoke coach, seems incapable of uttering a graceless remark or behaving with anything other than class.  Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

A friend of mine spent a few weeks in the summer of 1996 tumbling through Galway pubs watching the European football championships. Naturally, he did(...)

Jesse Lingard trains ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Sweden v England, (3.0, Samara, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 19-5, England 19-20, Draw 8-5 Russia v Croatia (7.0, Sochi, RTÉ2(...)

England’s Harry Kane has declared himself fit for their 2018 World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden in Samara. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Gareth Southgate’s fears over the fitness of Harry Kane have been allayed in the aftermath of his team’s bruising knockout success over Colombia and t(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate: rival teams see no reason to be afraid of his side. photographs:  lee smith/reuters

One of the more remarkable statistics bandied about in the wake of England’s penalty shootout defeat of Colombia on Tuesday was the fact that only two(...)

England’s Jordan Pickford saves a penalty from Carlos Bacca of Colombia during their World Cup quarter-final clash in Moscow. Photo: Alberto Estevez/EPA

England have finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup. Yes, if you thought the old English Achilles heel of those 12-yard spot kicks would end (...)

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