England would hate to lose to Sweden, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Gary Lineker England Cameroon World Cup 1990

A 13th minute own goal by Fernandinho and a strike by Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne gave the Europeans a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The France striker scored the second goal in his team's 2-0 quarter-final victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at a waiting Fernando Muslera.

Uruguay attacked thereafter but never looking likely to recover.

Fortunately for the Selecao, Belgium has a poor record against South American sides at the World Cup.

Sweden will be forced into at least one change for the quarter-final clash in Samara as Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig will miss the game through suspension. "You saw yesterday (Tuesday), they were the better team and won it". "I think they've shown that also when they play, they're more relaxed, which is very good for England", he told SVT.

"I've always joked ... that I wanted to face Umtiti at a World Cup", Suarez said. Well, it's fun for England to have that sort of confidence.

England or Sweden will play the victor of Saturday's other quarter-final, in which host nation Russian Federation hope to keep their rollercoaster ride through the finals going when they play Croatia.

Sweden and England will meet at the Cosmos Arena in Samara before hosts Russian Federation and Croatia play each other at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. "It's going to be a very tough match against him but we will do our best to stop him", said Granqvist, who will be partnered by Victor Lindelof in central defence.

Even if England do reach the final, British political leaders and royals will not attend the match in Russian Federation.

"They were probably the dirtiest team I've ever come up against. surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you've all seen, scuffing the penalty spot and a lot of off-the-ball things you haven't heard about".

"Of course we respect that [1998] generation", the Liverpool man said.

"They have a big chance to win the World Cup", Ibrahimovic said.

Sweden won't be as dirty as Colombia, but they'll set up and they're hard to break down.

"It's a team with a very different profile to Argentina, extremely well-organised in defence and then very risky on the counter attacks". The home nation may have the momentum, but they have won only two of their last 11 global games. The Russian flag was returned faster on three occasions compared to Croatia's sole success, which means a 3-1 win is on the cards on Saturday.



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