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England captain Harry Kane spoke of a "band of brothers" when he addressed the press on the eve of England's 2-0 win over Sweden in the Samara Arena on Saturday afternoon.

And you thought you were a die-hard fan? No less than three England players were named in an XI devised of those who had surprised La Gazzetta dello Sport in this tournament, Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier those who made the cut.

'I remember saying to him: "OK, why don't we try and be as good as we might be now?"

At the final whistle, Gareth Southgate, normally mild-mannered, walked on to the pitch and roared his approval to 5,000 England fans who roared back.

A semi-final clash against Croatia or hosts Russian Federation now awaits on Wednesday. I think that they aren't ready to make history at the moment.

One of the best qualified to speak about England's chances is Andrea, founder of Italian site "Il Calcio Inglese" for aficionados of the English game on the peninsula.

The Luton Town fan promised on Twitter: 'Putting my neck on the line, but if @England get to the quarter finals with that squad, I will get the 23 man squad names tattooed on me'.

"We felt like we could dominate the ball in this game".

Before today's game, #GarethSouthgateWould had been doing the rounds on the social media site.

"I think that is probably starting to register with them now - maybe I tell the truth most of the time". "I knew they were going to win, I have faith".

Seconds before that, he'd also tweeted a photo of himself with his fingers in his ears alongside the caption: "When you can't get "it's coming home" theme tune out your head".

British Airways, which has seen a 700 percent increase in searches for flights to Russian Federation on its website since England's penalty shootout win over Colombia this week, said on Saturday it would be releasing hundreds more seats on Moscow flights.

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