Jose Mourinho believes England could reach the World Cup final

Tyler Owen
July 5, 2018

He has since been integral to a Sweden team which, either directly or indirectly, have Holland, Germany, Mexico, Italy and now Switzerland on their list of World Cup scalps. Can this World Cup get any more mental?

Click through the gallery above to see our best XI from the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup. A seesaw first half was just a formality, and ended scoreless.

Looking ahead to Saturday's quarter-final with Sweden in Samara, the media do not appear to have heeded manager Gareth Southgate's claim that England have underestimated the Swedes for years.

Long tipped as potential dark horses, the Red Devils came back from 2-0 down against Japan in the round of 16 and are 6/1 to lift the trophy.

Former England striker Dean Ashton will be live on Sky Sports News from midday, to give his views on the country's tournament so far and whether they can keep going all the way to an unprecedented final appearance.

The World Cup hit the pause button today as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia.

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Gareth Southgate's men, including the steely Marcus Rashford, held their nerve in a shootout to record their first knockout win since 2006 and first ever shootout win at a World Cup.

Following their win, England will now face Sweden in the last eight on Saturday, July, 7 and the victor will play either Croatia or Russian Federation in the semis.

Russia: The hosts have delighted their public by surpassing all expectations to make it to the last eight thanks to a stunning penalty shootout elimination of 2010 winners Spain. Kane is one of them, Sterling is another, but when I tell you it is hard to beat Sweden it is the truth.

Russian Federation 2018's round of 16 came to a dramatic end on Tuesday night, when England defeated Colombia on penalties, and as has been the theme throughout the tournament so far, there was not a single anti-climactic fixture.

Croatia: Arguably the outstanding performers of the group stage, Croatia were made to suffer to make it past Denmark on penalties.

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