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England supporters have travelled in smaller numbers to these finals.

Manager Gareth Southgate says England "might not have this opportunity again" as he plots a way past Sweden in the quarter-finals to a first World Cup semi-final appearance in three decades.

From a public relations standpoint, England's Russian summer has been a runaway triumph at home - with the bond between supporters and players rebuilt after a few rocky years.

England - aiming to add to their only World Cup crown won in 1966 - meet Sweden in Samara Saturday, with the victor to face either Russian Federation or Croatia.

England will probably be without their back-up striker Jamie Vardy for Saturday's game, due to a groin strain, although injury worries for Ashley Young and Kyle Walker appear not to be so serious. I think today is the flawless example of that. "But this is the top thing that I want". But then we are very much one game at a time.

Argentine great Diego Maradona said England perpetrated a "monumental robbery" in their World Cup victory over Colombia and accused referee Mark Geiger of not being up to such a game.

"It'll be the most hard game they'll have played, they can bet on that", he told the Daily Mirror ahead of tomorrow's game.

Airing on ITV, the game, which ran from 6:15pm to 10:30pm, once Colombia equalised in the last minute of normal time, moving the game into extra time, averaged 16.5m viewers across its full slot.

"There are some really good players and some really good teams".

"We said before we came we wanted to make the nation proud, a way of us behaving to do that, but we needed to win some football matches as well".

"I think it's an important moment for everybody in our country really", Southgate said after the penalty win.

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Gareth Southgate's men, including the steely Marcus Rashford, held their nerve in a shootout to record their first knockout win since 2006 and first ever shootout win at a World Cup.


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