[caption id="attachment_865534" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-865534" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jos-Buttler-Joe-Root_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="368" /> The Eoin Morgan-led England side beat India and New Zealand in the must-win games and sealed a place in the World Cup semifinals. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England">England</a>'s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jos-buttler/">Jos Buttler</a> said he felt a sense of relief as well as excitement after the tournament hosts booked their place in the semi-finals of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">World Cup</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Back-to-back defeats by Sri Lanka and reigning champions Australia, which followed an earlier group-stage loss to Pakistan, threatened to scupper England's bid to win a first World Cup title. <p></p> <p></p>But they responded in style with a 31-run win over India followed by Wednesday's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-england-plough-through-new-zealand-to-enter-world-cup-semifinals-865217">119-run thrashing of New Zealand</a> in Chester-le-Street that saw them into the last four from the 10-team group phase. <p></p> <p></p>"It feels great. We're excited and have a bit of relief as well," said Buttler after England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1992. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-pretty-cool-pretty-awesome-eoin-morgan-on-leading-england-to-wc-semi-finals-after-27-years-865288">Pretty cool, pretty awesome: Morgan on leading England to WC semi-finals after 27 years</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"It's obviously been two tough games to finish to qualify, and we showed great character to come through with two very good performances." <p></p> <p></p>England have spent much of the past two years as the world's top-ranked side in One-Day Internationals and Buttler said: "We are just very excited to be in a semi-final. From the start I think it was the minimum requirement, the first stage we had to get to." <p></p> <p></p>The 28-year-old England vice-captain added: "We stood up and played our brand of cricket under that pressure. <p></p> <p></p>"That breeds a lot of confidence for the group, that our way is the best way and gives us a lot of chance of performing. That's what we have resorted to in the two must-win games and shows that we must continue that." <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-eoin-morgan-hails-outstanding-england-and-match-winner-jonny-bairstow-865258">Morgan hails outstanding England and match-winner Jonny Bairstow</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Since his century against Pakistan a month ago, Buttler's batting has gone off the boil but the wicketkeeper contributed to England's win over New Zealand with a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Martin Guptill. <p></p> <p></p>"I've been a bit disappointed not to have contributed as much as I'd like. I haven't quite executed or made the right decision and have found ways of getting out," said Buttler. <p></p> <p></p>"Luckily I still have another chance for another innings or two in the World Cup."