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If you predicted England to reach the World Cup semi-finals this year, you're either a psychic or an optimist. Though the vibes were positive from the Three Lions' camp ahead of the tournament, to suggest they'd reach the final four would have been bold.
They were heading to Russia with a right-footed winger at left wing-back, a right-back at centre-back, two No. 10s at No. 8 and a first-choice goalkeeper with three caps. Their pre-tournament form had been good, but expectations were suitably tempered.
The smart money was on England to finish second in Group G and face Colombia in the round of 16, which they did. From there, though, things really started to fall in manager Gareth Southgate's favour.
James Rodriguez's injury ruled him out of that clash, swinging the pendulum towards England. They triumphed—on penalties!—and progressed to the quarter-finals. That's where—had the tournament played out as expected—they would have met Germany. Instead, they met Sweden.
Over 120 minutes, Croatia proved to be too much. Belgium scooped up third place quite easily, but England as semi-finalists? It's a surprise that even trumps Japan's run to the knockouts and Sweden's own route to the quarter-finals.
All statistics via WhoScored.com
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