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Southgate eyeing Moscow semi-final clash with Russia

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England said a semi-final against hosts in would be "incredible", after his side saw off today to reach the last four.

The 1966 winners will face either or on July 11 at the for a place in the final, and Southgate has his eyes on the home nation.

"We have to stay seven days anyway," he said.

"We approach each game similarly, but in would be an incredible game to be involved in."

England controlled the game for long periods against Sweden, but needed three excellent second-half saves from to secure a 2-0 win after goals from and

"We knew it would be such a different game to (in the last 16) and we would have to come back from that and lift ourselves in a scrappier game as don't let you play," former Middlesbrough boss Southgate added.

"The resilience of the team and togetherness was special today. We got goals from both areas we thought we would as we worked on those.

"Pickford's distribution was superb and his save with 20 minutes to go was crucial." Russia take on in the last semi-final later on Saturday in Sochi.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 22:35 IST