Photos: Pickford's heroics and Spurs' Harry Kane joins England fans

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford feature in our England gallery.

For the first time since 1990, England are heading for a World Cup semi-final. And while Harry Maguire and Spurs star Dele Alli grabbed the goals in their 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden, it was arguably Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's heroics that made the scoreline much more comfortable than it perhaps could have been.

Pickford harshly came in for criticism after England's defeat to Belgium in the group-stages, but he was the hero against Colombia in the last 16 and followed that display up with a stunning second-half performance against the Swedes.

The Toffees stopper made a string of fantastic saves to ensure that he kept his first clean sheet of the competition, and the photos below help highlight just how incredible some of the stops were.

In two of the images, Pickford appears to be some distance away from the ball as it approaches the line, and yet, anyone who watched the game will know that he managed to produce superb stops to deny both efforts, while the final save featured saw the former Sunderland ace showcase all of his agility to tip the ball over the bar.

Meanwhile, one image of Tottenham striker Harry Kane perhaps best sums up the mood and relationship between the England players and all of those in the country willing them towards the final.

In previous tournaments, it would be a safe prediction to assume that England's players would prefer to shy away from the supporters at this stage of the competition - if they had got that far - due to their inability to produce anything like their best form on the big stage.

However, the Spurs talisman is seen making his way up through the stands towards the supporters - who are looking for autographs and photos - as well as his family and friends. It is an image that highlights how Gareth Southgate's men seem to have created a sense of unity between the players and the fans at this tournament, and they will be hoping that there is even more reason to celebrate after they meet Croatia on Wednesday.

Here are the images of Pickford and Kane...

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save from Marcus Berg of Sweden during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in...

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Harry Kane of England walks over to sign autographs for fans in the stands following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at...

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