Sweden will be tougher test for England than Brazil - Eriksson

Sweden will be tougher test for England than Brazil - Eriksson

Since the World Cup began in 1930, England have won the title once in 1966 when they beat Germany 4-2 after extra time. They have good players and they seem to be very organised.

Kane has yet to be given the chance to run into space and onto a killer pass from a teammate but, as England go deeper into the tournament, they can not rely on set-pieces to continue to bail them out.

Russia: The hosts have delighted their public by surpassing all expectations to make it to the last eight thanks to a stunning penalty shootout elimination of 2010 winners Spain.

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.

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Lancashire Police issued a reminder before the World Cup for football fans to "not get carried away in the heat of the moment".

Police said in a statement they "had identified and detained" the person who had vandalised the statue, which is located near the stadium's main entrance. "Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

WHY CROATIA WINS: The Croatians are just as balanced as Brazil or England - and might have the best box-to-box midfield tandem in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

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. While I'd argue this Croatia team isn't on Brazil's or England's level right now, the structure coach Zlatko Dalic has implemented should see them reach a semifinal.

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The XL Arena will, of course, be showing the England vs Sweden this Saturday.

They have to sharpen their edge, though, because Sweden are a team that can grind down any opponent if they allow themselves to play into their hands.

"We did not use our football to create more danger". "My brain says England, though my heart says Sweden". This is the most well-prepared England team I've seen.

The Three Lions progressed to the quarter finals of the tournament after a feisty match in Moscow on Tuesday night, with Jordan Pickford's fine save to deny Carlos Bacca giving Eric Dier the opportunity to win the tie.

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