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Sport England's record in tournament semi finals

20:08  11 july  2018
20:08  11 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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  Belgium vs Japan: Match preview Belgium head into their 2018 World Cup Round of 16 clash against Japan as Group G winners after being one of just three nations to proceed from the group stage with a 100% record. Roberto Martinez’s exciting side kicked-off their campaign by beating tournament debutants Panama 3-0 in Sochi, before thumping Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow and then edging England 1-0 in the top-spot decider in Kaliningrad. They now travel to Rostov where Group H runners-up Japan await, a side not to be underestimated following their opening game victory against eventual group winners Colombia. Martinez fielded a heavily rotated side against Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions, who were missing some key names of their own, after both securing their progression into the knock-out phase in game-week two. The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all didn’t feature, which made the win all that little bit sweeter, but those stars are all expected to return for Monday’s clash. Lukaku, in particular, will want to continue his fine form in the competition as he currently sits second on four goals behind Harry Kane, who has bagged five, in the race for the Golden Boot. His goalscoring exploits contributed to the Red Devils scoring nine goals in the group stage, more than any other team, and now face a country who have never won a World Cup knockout tie.

Though England ’ s record in ICC tournament finals hasn’t been great, their record in the semi - finals reflects positive figures as In the Champions Trophy, England made it to the semi - finals three times before this and qualified for the finals on two occasions, both the times when England hosted the CT.

The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup and was held in England from 11 to 30 July 1966. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final , winning the Jules Rimet Trophy.

England Press Conference - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia © Dan Mullan/Getty Images Sport England Press Conference - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The wait is almost over as England take on Croatia in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990. The Three Lions will be looking to book a place in the World Cup final in Russia against France, who beat Belgium last night.

Tournament football has been somewhat of a disappointment in recent years with plenty of misery and hurt, but Gareth Southgate has managed to get it right this time around, leading a side with real togetherness to some spirited performances which have brought the nation together.

England have featured in four tournament semifinals before, winning one and losing one, whilst they have drawn the remaining two before being knocked out via a penalty shootout at the last hurdle.

Five things we learned as England beat Sweden 2-0 to book semi-final place

  Five things we learned as England beat Sweden 2-0 to book semi-final place England booked their place for the World Cup semi-final by beating Sweden 2-0 in what was really a comfortable win for the Three Lions. The Swedes never really threatened the England goal, with Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford again pulling out the heroics to deny Sweden a famous semi-final place. England took the lead early through a Harry Maguire header, with the Leicester defender scoring his first international goal with a brilliant powered header into the Swedish goal. Dele Alli would add a second for the Three Lions in the second half. The Spurs midfielder headed in at close range to score England’s second and put the game out of reach for Sweden. Jordan Pickford made some good stops to deny Sweden a way back into the game, with the Everton goalkeeper getting his first clean sheet of the tournament. England will now play the winner of the Russia vs Croatia semi-final in Moscow, as they look to book their place in the World Cup final for the first time since 1966. Here are five things we learnt as England make the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1996.

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While this may not make great reading, it feels different in Russia and there is real optimism that England can reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1966. And we all know what happened there.

Here is a look at the previous tournament semi-finals that have involved England.

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