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'Wednesday's cancelled' - English media revel in World Cup success

AFP  |  London 

English media heaped praise on Gareth Southgate's team for reaching semi-finals and told the country to cancel plans for Wednesday evening when they face Croatia seeking a place in the final.

"Wednesday's cancelled! Fans go wild as Three Lions reach first semi-final for 28 years," said the Sun on Sunday after England beat 2-0 in the Russian city of

The Mail On Sunday said: "The Dream Goes On! England in ecstasy."

It praised the emerging star of the England team, Jordan Pickford, for more "heroic saves", and said 32 million people had watched on TV.

The Sunday Mirror paraphrased the song written when England hosted the 1996 European Championships, saying: "England are in semi-finals - could this really be the summer comes home?"

The broadsheet Observer said in its report: "At the final whistle, the victorious players converged on one another. It took a few seconds for them to gather their breath and then, finally, they could join the party that was already under way behind the goal to their right."

Despite the euphoria, the paper found fault with England's victory.

"If we were to be picky, a legitimate argument could be made that England will need to play with more finesse if they are to harbour serious ambitions of winning this competition."

said Southgate "has liberated England and now the country's ambitions ought to be higher than 1990" when they last appeared in a semi-final, losing to

The paper compared Southgate to the England 28 years ago,

"The similarities between Southgate and the late Sir Bobby are striking. Both are synonymous with modesty, consideration and togetherness.

"Like Robson, Southgate has struck gold by playing three at the back and encouraging freedom of expression while backing youth.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 09:55 IST