We’re tough to beat, Sweden coach warns England

Striker Henrik Larsson left played in three World Cups with Sweden reaching the semi-finals in 1994

Striker Henrik Larsson left played in three World Cups with Sweden reaching the semi-finals in 1994

Perhaps the issue is a question of perception, with some in England believing they should have a much more dominant record against Sweden - despite the country having a solid track record including reaching the World Cup final in 1958 and finishing third in 1994.

"So I got asked straight away at training, my coach said "who are you supporting on Saturday?' and I was like '50-50, I'll be happy for either team", so it's going to be a great atmosphere".

Eriksson also took England to the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 but was criticised after his 67-match reign ended in defeat by Portugal at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

"You won't find a better team - Sweden are world champions of team spirit".

The 36-year-Swede, who scored a record 62 goals in 116 games, said "the team that best can handle their feelings will have an advantage".

Granqvist's wife, Sofie, gave birth to the couple's second child, although Granqvist was not there for the happy event after she had told him to stay in Russian Federation to help Sweden's World Cup prospects.

England's dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Colombia on Tuesday was emotional - to say the least - and now, only Sweden stand between the team and a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

With the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic offering threats alongside him, Croatia should be capable of making their superiority over Russian Federation count in a way Spain could not.

"But getting those Swedish players together, the team work is incredible and one of the best in the world".

"He seems to be in total control of everything - the results are there", he said.

It's a massive chance for England, but it'll be a hard game. "I think we'll probably lose 2-0 though, but I'm hoping I'm wrong!"

Overall, in 24 meetings, England have won eight times, Sweden have seven victories and there have been nine draws.

Sweden opened their Group F campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod - and afterwards the Blagult fans drank the city bars dry.

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