Ibrahimovic & Beckham make freaky Twitter bet ahead of England-Sweden quarter-final

People wave the English flag before the Euro 2012 championships football match Sweden vs England

It came hours after England clinched a 2-0 win over Sweden in a dramatic match at the Samara Arena - enabling them to advance to their first semi-final since 1990.

Unfortunately, the quarterfinal against a talented, young England side that has a nation beginning to believe proved a bridge too far.

"This is only the third time that England have reached the semifinals, and the first time in 28 years". In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first global goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th, becoming - at 22 - the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup.

But, despite these concerns, England have reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia '90.

The former England global - who is out in Russian Federation as a pundit for BBC One - took to Twitter this morning dressed in a Three Lions tracksuit and posted a amusing video as he issued a rallying cry to the team in front of the mirror.

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The scoreline stayed the same for the remainder, with Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane continuing to menace Sweden's defence, while Jordan Pickford made a string of smart saves to preserve England's clean sheet.

"They were better than we were and I have the greatest respect and congratulations to England".

"We looked like we controlled the game".

Confidence, optimism and expectation is sweeping the country as England supporters dare to dream football may be on its way home. Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn't enough.

Sky Sports' lead presenter Simon Lazenby, alongside Paul de Resta and Johnny Herbert, were interviewing Haas team principal Guenther Steiner following a thrilling British GP qualifying, as both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished in the top 10, securing seventh and eighth on the grid respectively.

Virtually from kickoff, Sweden sent long passes forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on. "I'm sure the fans back home. we'll see some videos". The shot-stopper was called into action three times to deny Marcus Berg and Viktor Klaesson - and he did so superbly.

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