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Speaking after the game, captain Harry Kane said: "I thought we were fantastic today, Sweden made it very hard".

Fyodor Smolov saw Russia's first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts' fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.

Peter Shilton was nearly 41 in the 1990 World Cup and did not look as if he would save a German penalty in the shootout defeat if they had been taking them until midnight.

Sweden, meanwhile, missed out on their first World Cup semifinal since 1994, as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored from a pair of headers with the Swedes at times struggling to contain the English attacks.

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We've just got to keep doing what we are doing. "I think I'd rather play Russian Federation to be honest". I don't think this was my best performance on the pitch.


Similarly, the Three Lions showed nerves of steel to overcome a stubborn Colombia side 4-3 on penalties after the South Americans equalised deep in stoppage time making it 1-1 in their last 16 tie.

The match went all the way to penalties and Croatia progressed after a dramatic shootout to knock the hosts out.

With all this in mind, it was inevitable that the man chosen to oversee England's next game would be under a little more scrutiny than is usually expected.

That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.

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Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute. We've got to be here for another week so it's up to us now which games we play in. It was also their first clean sheet of this edition, helping them avoid the fate of the Belgium team from 1986, who were the last team make the semis without a single clean sheet.

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Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th, becoming - at 22 - the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup.

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said. I'm proud over my team, I'm proud over my country and if we can do this with football, let us spread this love even without.

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