There will be some celebrating in the pubs in Newcastle tonight and around England for that matter after England moved smoothly into the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Sweden 2-0.
After a few pints, Newcastle’s (English) supporters can talk about winning the World Cup and Newcastle winning the Premier League next season – but we’ll need a lot more players to do that.
This is the first time since 1990 that England have reached the final four – when Sir Bobby Robson took us into the last four but we lost on penalties to Germany.
Two headed goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli today – one in each half – was the difference with England the better side.
And it was a very professional and composed performance from this England team.
Gareth Southgate – celebrates goal – YES!
No cause for any heart attacks in this game after we let in the equalizer against Columbia with less than 3 minutes of stoppage time to go.
I’ll admit right now I didn’t think we would do anything at this World Cup – but Gareth Southgate has proved me wrong (what – again?) and the manager and the England players deserve all the credit.
Southgate seems to have the players right behind him.
This was England’s best performance of the tournament so far and like back in 1966 when we won it – players are starting to come into their best form as the tournament progresses.
Harry Maguire had a powerful game and he’s dangerous in the air with his headers and Dele Alli is showing some of the form we know he’s capable of.
And former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made three or four crucial saves in the second half and he seems to be at the very top of his game.
His confidence oozes through the rest of the England team and he’s becoming a player who can play at his very best when it really matters – on the world’s stage.
He reminds us of the great Gordon Banks who also seemed to play at the top of his game when he was in England’s colors.
Spurs defender Trippier has come out of nowhere to star for England and John Stones has improved his game and cut out those mistakes.
England will play Croatia or hosts Russia in the final four next Wednesday and then France or Belgium in the final.
There’s no reason we cannot win it all!
PS – England winning the World Cup will also help Newcastle in our first game when most of Spurs’ England stars should be missing – an added benefit for us.