England and Sweden meet in Samara in the 3pm kick-off, with Jordan Pickford and co hoping to progress to the last four for the first time since 1990. They face a Swedish side that has been one of the surprises of the tournament.
The Scandinavians had to beat Italy to qualify for Russia and then finished top of Germany's group before seeing off Switzerland in the Round of 16.
In the 7pm game, Croatia take on the hosts, Russia, in Sochi. The Croatians were deemed to be dark horses before the World Cup even began but they have flattered to deceive at times and needed a penalty to get past Denmark in the last round.
Russia, meanwhile, have been performing above the levels expected of them as they ridden a wave of home support to the last eight.
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1 Posted 07/07/2018 at 13:32:07
Hoping Southgate and Co get it right.
Hoping Pickford plays fantastically as we all know he's capable of doing.
Love this team.
2 Posted 07/07/2018 at 13:48:07
England 3-0 — superior movement should do for them turnips.
3 Posted 07/07/2018 at 15:32:44
How did we miss out on this fella to bloody Leicester? (No disrespect!)
4 Posted 07/07/2018 at 15:48:08
5 Posted 07/07/2018 at 15:55:00
There's no point in him posing that threat on the break if his arse caves in at the sight of the net! Get Rashford on.
6 Posted 07/07/2018 at 15:57:15
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8 Posted 07/07/2018 at 16:02:05
The passing and movement was too slow and ponderous for much of that half. Sweden are extremely disciplined. You have to quicken it up to move them out of their comfort zone.
It is breaking down around two players – Sterling and Dele Alli. Young – although his corner laid on the goal – is also easy to read. He has to cut back inside onto his right everytime. Those three are the prime candidates to be subbed.
With concentration, England have got this. With a bit more speed, they have got it comfortably.
9 Posted 07/07/2018 at 16:02:34
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11 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:00:57
What a game he had today. Three key saves and his usual feistiness with his midfield and defence if things weren't to his liking.
The Brazilian commentators waxing lyrical about him, how he is only 24 and usurped the veteran Joe Hart.
Everton got plenty of mentions as a result!
Golden Gloves award on...? Golden Boot award on...? THE Golden Trophy award on...?
It's all got a lot closer today.
12 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:04:21
England's keeper looks quality!!
13 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:14:38
14 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:18:09
Free swing tonight. I'll take the Russians
15 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:31:00
Southgate has done extremely well. Our prowess at set pieces gives us a chance whichever side we play.
I'm hoping today kick-starts both Sterling and Alli into influencing the next game. Both have definitely had question-marks over their heads.
Back three were very well drilled, it has speed, aerial presence and an ability to bring the ball out. Balance there.
C'mon, you Lions!
16 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:39:33
Agree our set pieces are a weapon but we are potentially better in open play, if they properly believe in themselves. Some quality performances by many in the team today.
17 Posted 07/07/2018 at 17:42:47
19 Posted 07/07/2018 at 19:33:49
I like to make sure I enjoy a punt rather than stress about it, but I liked what I saw about this current England team and when I saw one bookie offering 9/2 for them to reach the semi's. I couldn't resist.
Any big hitters will not be impressed and the bookies will not have to fold, but by my standards, I proper lumped on.
20 Posted 07/07/2018 at 19:57:35
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23 Posted 07/07/2018 at 22:02:15
Surely England heavy favorites to reach the final?!
Hate to toot the horn, but I told you boys to get behind this team! A team. One more time... a TEAM!
It's on. Believe.
24 Posted 07/07/2018 at 22:09:04
Those were good odds you got because, and I am not making any point here, England did not have to beat a decent side to get there.
However, they did what they had to do and that is not always easy. The spice boys couldn't do it and I think there is a lot to like about this England team and their coach.
The only winner that will piss me off is France. So, ToffeeWebbers, get your life savings on them. What drama tonight, what a World Cup and a demonstration of how this ridiculous game can raise the spirits and make the heart beat faster.
25 Posted 08/07/2018 at 05:51:45
I could only get 10/1 for Belgium — Mrs, who doesn't bet, saw me backing England and asked me to back her "wee sweetie" Martinez for her. I also have England each way (finalist pay 1/2 the odds) at 16/1, so we might have an interesting final in our house.
Paul T, More luck than judgement. I kid you not, I've called virtually every game wrongly.
26 Posted 08/07/2018 at 11:08:45
Andy is right about the easy run we've had. I remember our 1984 cup run. 3 games to beat Gillingham, quarterfinal struggle at the mighty Notts County, semi-final draw with Southampton, Plymouth or Watford, the 120th-minute winner at Highbury, the struggle at Wembley till we scored the first.
None of it mattered. We won the cup. The first trophy I saw us win. It won't matter a jot if we win it.
Really funny up here in Scotland. People trying hard to find something they don't like about this team and they're struggling. That is quite telling. Here is a team properly coached and drilled, managed by someone using his own experience and mixing it with effective behavioural science. And it's working!
Hope Silva is watching.
27 Posted 08/07/2018 at 11:23:03
Having said that, they have had the easy side of the draw but Croatia pose a real threat to an England side still carrying passengers.
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