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Montreal's England fans, bar owners rejoice in victory over Sweden

Paul Quinn the landlord of the Pheasant in Newport is banging the drum for England ahead of tomorrow’s game against Sweden Paul Quinn the landlord of the Pheasant in Newport is banging the drum for England ahead of tomorrow’s game against Sweden
Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 18:27

Sweden's players suffered a rude awakening ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with England when the fire alarm went off at their hotel in Samara on Saturday morning, leading it to be evacuated.

This is how the English media has reacted to reaching the last four of the tournament.

They face Croatia on Wednesday, the country's biggest game in 28 years, and then either the final on Sunday or the third place play-off 24 hours earlier.

The likes of Germany and Spain have faltered, with the defending World Cup holders exiting from the Group Stage in truly remarkable scenes.

Sure, there was the 2-1 defeat to Iceland at UEFA Euro 2016, but the move to coach Gareth Southgate represented a clean slate.

Well, yeah, maybe you could, mate, but it's going to be music to the ears of England fans.

But before that heroic moment, Maguire was dominating everyone's Twitter timeline after a photograph of him talking to his girlfriend after England had beaten Colombia on penalties. But the Red Devils are one win away from their first World Cup final.

Staff looked on dismayed as supporters belted out It's Coming Home while jumping on furniture in the store, believed to be the Stratford Westfield branch in London.

England, though, are not kidding themselves that they have peaked and will return to their Repino base focused on fine tuning their game. And they finally won a penalty shootout at the World Cup after dropping their first three.

They now have the chance to play two games in Moscow's 78,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in five days - matches that could see them crowned world champions for only the second time in history.

In Sochi, Croatia fans were massivelt outnumbered in a crowd of more than 40,000, but Dalic's team had one notable backer - President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Maguire's header following an Ashley Young corner gave England the lead on the half-hour.

"We approach each game similarly, but Russian Federation in Moscow would be an incredible game to be involved in".

Roberto Martinez celebrates Belgium;s quarter-final win over Brazil.