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Sven-Goran Eriksson: Brazil would be easier to beat than Sweden

05 July 2018

On Saturday, England play their quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.

I am still backing Brazil to win this World Cup, but the French would give them a serious test.

Prior to Tuesday night, England were the only team to have played in, and lost, three World Cup shootouts, but Southgate began putting plans in place to change that months ago.

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"Your heart rate can go from 60 beats per minute at rest to something like 120/130 bpm during a match and that is the last thing you want".

That same method was adopted by all of England's penalty takers bar Marcus Rashford, who took a long, straight run-up but still buried his penalty in the bottom corner.

Brazil will be favourites to beat Belgium after a comfortable victory over Mexico in the round of 16, while the Red Devils had to come from 2-0 down to beat Japan to progress. The question for head coach Roberto Martinez is whether he'll move to a more defensive posture. We knew it was our process to own. They have good players and they seem to be very organised.

WHY FRANCE WINS: We've yet to see the best of a French side that has everything trending in its favour.

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The two nations faced off against each other in Moscow early Wednesday morning (Thailand time) with the victor to advance to the quarter-finals on the weekend. With the electric Kylian Mbappe upfront, few would bet against Les Blues reaching their first final since 2006.

Brazil: Along with Uruguay, Brazil share the best defensive record, having conceded just once in four games so far and are slowly starting to hit their stride at the other end of the field too as Neymar struck his second goal of the tournament in the last 16.

In the other match in England's half of the draw, host nation Russian Federation - riding a wave of euphoria after their shock win against 2010 winners Spain - face a Croatia side inspired by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric in Sochi on Saturday.

"People go on about if England get to a penalty shootout we won't win but we really do block all that out". The hosts continued their remarkable run by knocking out tournament favorites Spain on penalties.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson: Brazil would be easier to beat than Sweden