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       Emil Krafth says Sweden always work as a team ahead of their quarter-final match againist England

0:26 Emil Krafth says Sweden always work as a team ahead of their quarter-final match againist England

Sweden battled against the odds to come out on top of an extremely challenging Group F comprising Germany and fellow qualifiers Mexico to reach this stage, and by no means have England got an easy task on their hands. "They're going well and doing things that no one thought they could do".

Stanislav Cherchesov has mentored Russian Federation to become this tournament's underdogs, beating Spain on penalties in the last round to reach this point, but Croatia have looked like one of the most attractive teams to watch.

Granqvist's wife Sofia is due to give birth any day now, which had left him a doubt for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final. "I'd love to win a World Cup, England would love to win a World Cup".

The hosts will then take on Croatia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi for the last remaining semi-final place.

As it is just 2,836 tickets have been sold to England supporters for the game, where they are expected to be vastly outnumbered by Swedish fans. "They wouldn't be where they are if they weren't".

England face a last eight World Cup tie for the first time in 12 years in Samara on Saturday, but it has been an even longer wait for Sweden, who haven't gone this far in the competition since 1994.

Sweden have arguably faced a much tougher path to get to the last eight, eliminating the Netherlands and Italy in qualifying just to get to Russian Federation and then emerging as winners of Group F as holders Germany crashed out. The way the draw has opened up for England is a massive carrot for them, and I think they will continue their progress.

"We've worked really hard and we've shown that we really work for each other, we fight for each other and we do it as a collective".

"Most of our boys have played in the Championship or lower, whether they started there or played on loan there. This is how we play. this is our way to have success". Here we look at two key battles that could prove decisive in this game.

"England are favourites, yes, of course they are but we don't mind".

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