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England’s route to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup

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England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Here, Press Association Sport have taken a look at the route that has taken Gareth Southgate’s side to the last four.

England 2-1 Tunisia - Group Stage

A Harry Kane double got England off to a winning start, although they needed an injury-time winner from the Tottenham front man.

A strong start from England was rewarded by Kane’s close-range finish from a corner after only 11 minutes, but Kyle Walker’s elbow gifted Ferjani Sassi the chance to equalise from the spot before half-time.

England probed without success for the second 45 minutes until, a minute into added-time, Kane’s far post header following another corner sealed victory.

England 6-1 Panama - Group Stage

Southgate’s side turned on the style against the ill-disciplined minnows, who were 5-0 down by half-time.

Panama could not live with England’s strength at set-pieces, which led to John Stones heading the opener and Kane adding number two with a penalty.

Jesse Lingard curled in the best of the bunch for number three before another Stones header and another Kane penalty put England in dreamland.

Kane completed his hat-trick with a deflection he knew nothing about before Felipe Baloy’s late consolation.

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England 0-1 Belgium - Group Stage

Both sides fielded second-string sides, having already qualified for the knockout stages and in the knowledge that finishing second in the group was likely to offer a more favourable route to the final.

Adnan Januzaj’s brilliant solo goal won the match for Belgium.

England 1-1 Colombia (England won 4-3 on pens) - Last 16

England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time as Jordan Pickford’s save from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier’s cool spot-kick sealed a dramatic victory.

Colombia, without star man James Rodriguez through injury, adopted rough-house tactics, but Southgate’s side kept their cool and went ahead through a second-half Kane penalty.

Colombia v England: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

They then recovered from conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Yerry Mina, and from Jordan Henderson missing first in the shootout, to win their first knockout game at a major tournament in 12 years.

England 2-0 Sweden - Quarter-Final

Southgate’s side turned in their best performance of the tournament to see off a team who had kept three clean sheets in four games and contributed to Germany’s early elimination.

Harry Maguire’s thumping first-half header got England up and running, with Dele Alli nodding home the second, but Pickford was again the star of the show with a couple of quite brilliant saves.

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