Nobody saw it coming some weeks ago when the tournament started, but England are now just third favorites with the bookmakers for the World Cup title going into the semifinals.
Before the tournament, there was probably less pressure on England then there ever has been heading into a World Cup. The country has become used to failure, having seen The Three Lions fail to win a single knockout match since 2006 before the game with Colombia.
They are now just one win from the final, and the nation believes something unusual may be happening. Here are ten reasons why football could be coming home.
1. Harry Kane is on fire
When Kane returned home from the Euros in France two years ago having failed to find the net, there were questions asked over whether he was capable of doing the business at a major tournament. But he has silenced his doubters in the last couple of weeks and leads the race for the golden boot with six goals in just three appearances. He is England’s leading man and has proved his worth in Russia this summer.
Kane is in brilliant form and looks almost unstoppable in front of goal. He has only had six shots on target during the World Cup and scored six goals. There is still a feeling that there is more to come from him, as he probably hasn’t had as many chances created for him as he does at Tottenham. We have seen more than one side to his game as well. Against Sweden, he held the ball up brilliantly and did an excellent job of bringing others into play. If England are to go all the way, he will have to keep up this form.