A brief overview of the highs and lows for England’s national football team.

England’s Harry Maguire, center, celebrating with his teammates after scoring a goal during the quarterfinal match against Sweden in Samara, Russia, on Saturday.CreditFrancisco Seco/Associated Press

How They Got Here in 2018

England went 2-1 in the group stage, narrowly beating Tunisia, 2-1; and routing Panama, 6-1; before falling to Belgium, 1-0, in the final group game.

In the knockout round, England beat Colombia, in a hard-fought nail-biter, 4-3 on penalties.

In the quarterfinal, England sailed past Sweden, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals.

What’s at Stake

England has some of the most passionate fans in the world, some of whom are making last-second plans to get to Russia in time for the final two rounds. For the country that lays (disputed) claim to inventing the game, this World Cup is a chance to turn around a history of letdowns and near misses.

S tar striker Harry Kane will look to continue his standout performance. He’s on pace to win the golden boot as the World Cup’s leading scorer.




16 − fourteen =