Fifa World Cup captain Harry Kane says England are ‘buzzing’ after reaching Russia 2018 semi-finals by beating Sweden
Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli seal comfortable victory in Samara as date with Russia or Croatia in Moscow awaits Gareth Southgate’s team
England captain Harry Kane said his team were “buzzing” and full of confidence as they reached their first Fifa World Cup semi-final since 1990 after seeing off Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.
Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and a string of fine second-half saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford were enough for England to progress to the last four.
“We’re buzzing. It’s probably not sunk in,” Kane said. “We know there is still a big game ahead but we are feeling good, confident.
“We were composed, we controlled the game. We’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing.
“We’re enjoying it, the fans are enjoying it, I’m sure we’ll see some videos later of the fans enjoying it.”
Maguire’s thumping header gave the Leicester centre-back his first international goal, just two years after watching Euro 2016 in France with his friends in the stands.
“It (the first goal) can’t come better than that. The win sends us through and that’s the main thing,” Maguire said.
“We felt like we could dominate the ball in this game. It was a little bit sloppy at the end of the second half, we felt it was a bit too open.”
Tottenham midfielder Alli nodded in only England’s third goal from open play of this World Cup so far just before the hour mark, having struggled with injury earlier in the tournament.
“It’s a great achievement for the team … Owed it to the fans back home who believed in us,” he told the BBC.
“Always nice to score, especially on occasions like this. I don’t think this was my best performance on the pitch. But it’s an amazing feeling to be going to a semi-final at a World Cup.”