Englnd achieved the World Cup semi-final out of the blue since Italia 90 as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli struck either side of the interim to beat Sweden in Samara.
Maguire, remarkable yet again, broke the stop on the half-hour when another England set-piece proved to be fruitful – Leicester City’s great protector blazing a header past Sweden manager Robin Olsen from Ashley Young’s corner.
Everton attendant Pickford at that point snuffed out Sweden’s expectations of recuperation with a magnificent spare from Marcus Berg, before England fixed their triumph following 58 minutes when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard’s cross at the far post.
Pickford denied Viktor Claesson and after that Berg once again to anchor his first World Cup clean sheet as England finished off this point of interest win with a comment.
Southgate and his England players rehashed the scenes from the emotional punishment shootout prevail upon Colombia as they celebrated before happy supporters at the last shriek – one bit nearer to history and with desire levels raised yet again as they stand one amusement far from football’s most prominent event.
The Three Lions are in the last four for just the third time. They went ahead to win their home competition in 1966 however lost to West Germany on penalties in 1990.