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07 July 2018

However, Swedish-born Eriksson insists it would be foolish to dismiss England's quarter-final opponents after they topped a group featuring Germany and Mexico before ousting Switzerland in the last 16. Ibrahimovic, the nation's top scorer, has been a vocal supporter of Sweden's squad during his time with the Galaxy. However, Sweden's main strength is at the back, it is likely that England will have to worry less in defence in this clash.

France captain Hugo Lloris said that this World Cup could be the one that lifts midfielder Paul Pogba to the status of a great.

France beat Australia and Peru, and drew with Denmark to easily get through the group stages, then stuck four goals past Argentina in the knockouts to show they are a force to be reckoned with. "They made a big statement and by winning against the Swiss", Ibrahimovic told reporters on Wednesday.

"Everyone gets anxious when a game goes to penalties, and with the record England have in competitions, it's huge in England that they've managed to win the shootout's great for confidence because of England's history", he said.

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Identifying the undetermined "we", Reina believes that the incessant "inventing" of new balls ultimately undermines goalkeepers; leaving them with little choice but to guess, or intuit what direction a ball may travel.

Sweden have impressed in Russian Federation despite-or perhaps because of-Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence, with their organisation and team ethic making them a force to be reckoned with. If we qualify and they get yellow cards. not even for fouls but because of their gestures, because of their attitude, because of certain words that were said, that's completely unnecessary.

Sweden have surprised many people in Russian Federation by winning three of their four games so far at the finals.

England plays Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday, at face value a far easier proposition than meeting Brazil.

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"They should continue doing what they're doing", Ibrahimovic said.

Giroud, meanwhile, has now played a total of 380 minutes in Russian Federation and, of the seven efforts at goal he has had in his five appearances, none of them have been on target. Now if you'd asked the English before the tournament about the quarter-finals, they'd have said "Perfect".

'There was also a lot of off the ball stuff that I'm sure you've not heard about - all the sort of things that you don't really hear in a football match'. Whoever can handle that best has an advantage.

Today sees Uruguay take on France in the 4pm game.

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England rocked by injury to star striker ahead of Sweden tie