England will face either World Cup hosts France or holders USA for a place in the final after dispensing with Norway by three goals to nil.
Phil Neville’s side got off to the best of starts as Jill Scott scored turned in a Lucy Bronze cut-back via the post for the quickest goal of the tournament to date.
Ellen White had hit the far post before doubling the lead with a tap-in from a Nikita Parris pass before the interval.
The game was won after the break when Bronze was left unattended at a free kick and drove the ball first time into the roof of the net.
Norway eventually mustered some efforts on goal and England needed a couple of Karen Bardsley saves and last-ditch Steph Houghton clearances to ensure there was no way back for the side they knocked out at the same stage four years ago.
It might have been 4-0 late on when Houghton won a penalty but Parris’s strike was well saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth.
The game was watched by another record TV audience of 7.6 million.