England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals makes headline news
Gareth Southgate’s side dominate the newspaper front and back pages
“Happy & glorious!”, “Semi gods” and “Keep calm & Harry on” are just three of the front-page headlines used by UK Sunday newspapers to describe England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
The Three Lions’ 2-0 win against Sweden yesterday means that they will play in the World Cup last four for the first time in 28 years. England face Croatia on Wednesday evening in Moscow, the match kicks off at 7pm and is live on ITV.
According to the bookies Gareth Southgate’s side are now second favourites behind France to lift the World Cup and skipper Harry Kane remains the top tip to win the Golden Boot for top goalscorer.
Is football (actually) coming home? Not yet, but England have guaranteed they will be in Russia until next weekend whatever the result on Wednesday against the Croats. A win secures a place in the final on Sunday, a loss means they would compete in the 3rd/4th-place play-off.
We round-up the newspaper front and back pages…
The @CFBCity Twitter account’s collage of all the headlines.
The Sunday Times: ‘Yes, I dare to believe football’s coming home’
David Baddiel - the co-writer of Three Lions - gives his take on England’s World Cup success and how the song has become the subject of memes and social media trends.
The Observer: ‘We’ve done it! England in the semis’
Pictures of England defender Harry Maguire celebrating his goal against Sweden are on most of the front and back pages.
The Mail on Sunday: ‘Mamma Mia! Maybe it really is coming home’
Maguire features on the front page of The Mail on Sunday.
The Independent: ‘On top of the world - bring on Croatia’
England players were jubilant after their 2-0 win against Sweden.
Sunday Mirror: ‘Semi gods’
Maguire and England fans are pictured celebrating their place in the semi-finals.
The Sunday Post: ‘Well done England’
Scottish newspaper The Sunday Post congratulates the ‘Auld Enemy’.
The Sunday Post: ‘It could be coming home’
“The dream continues - and England fans don’t want to wake up,” the Scottish paper writes.
The Sun on Sunday: ‘Yeeess!’
This short headline pretty much captures the mood of England fans this morning.
Sunday Express Sport: ‘Gareth: this was simply the best’
England boss Southgate says the Sweden win was his “best day in coaching”.
The Sunday Telegraph: ‘Onwards! England march into semis’
Nine pages of coverage feature in the Sunday Telegraph as “Southgate’s men mash Swedes”.