England would hate to lose to Sweden, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

England would hate to lose to Sweden, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

England would hate to lose to Sweden, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sweden's all-time top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from global football in 2016, said the quarterfinal match between the Swedes and England involves "a lot of emotions".

Sweden have now played at 12 World Cup finals, finishing runners-up to Brazil when they hosted the tournament in 1958.

The 3-0 win over Mexico in Sweden's final group match is the only time the Scandinavians have scored more than once in their past 11 official games.

"I'm Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England, so we'll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him", he said.

'If you woke them up in the middle of the night, they would know every position in defending - any possibility in the game, they know what to do.

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.

"Something about 99 times out of 100 they would beat us".

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"It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden, in my opinion".

"They think they are so good but they are not".

"Sweden will be more or less the same as Iceland in Euro 2016 - they don't have the best footballers in the world, and none of our players would play in the first team of the biggest clubs in the world since Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) has left". Switzerland could have played for a week and still not scored against Sweden.

"I'm not sure we can do it, no. You can't identify one single factor, you need to look at the overall picture", the Sweden coach said. Again upsetting the odds, Sweden edged out Italy 1-0 over the two-legged play-off to secure their place in Russian Federation.

"Now it's about England and we are all there with our full support behind them". There is very little to choose between the two countries historically and another tight game is expected in Samara on Saturday.

There was a long spell without a win for England against the Nordic nation, between 1968 and 2011 - a spell of 12 games which saw four defeats and eight draws.

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