"Football isn’t real life. It is a separate world packed with hammy emotions and big fat wet notes of drama, always straining to mean a great deal more than it does. But it can provide a little inspiration along the way, another kind of story."
Well, after the drama of last Tuesday night Saturday's England match felt positively relaxed. That's odd, I'm not used to my football teams doing things like that the easy way. It wasn't really easy of course, England working hard to make space and work the ball through a crowded Swedish midfield and creating the pressure that lead to both goals.
It did make reaching only the second World Cup semi final of my lifetime feel a little underwhelming, it wasn't like that against Cameroon. Twenty-eight years is a long time to wait to match that, hopefully we can go at least one better on Wednesday. I can't wait.
And some football-related music for a Monday morning.