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Sven-Goran Eriksson: Brazil would be easier to beat than Sweden

05 July, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The 27-year-old has been a consistently classy performer en route to the World Cup quarter-finals and his emotional reaction to the finale at Spartak Stadium has been well earned. "We know obviously in the past England haven't done great and it was great to get that one off our back". England are the only former winners of the four teams.

Brazil are well-known for their flamboyant football, but they also possess an excellent defence which has been breached just once at the World Cup. They're going to fancy themselves to stymie an England side that might not have the ingenuity to break them down.

And Mourinho, speaking on RT after the game, remarked how England have a truly unique chance to cement a place in the final.

It was deemed that England's players had a habit of rushing their spot-kicks and taking them too quickly, and were instead encouraged to copy Ronaldo's approach.

A statement posted on the pub's Facebook page said: "First, we'd like to thank everyone that came down throughout the games to watch and who helped created a fantastic atmosphere".

His thoughts are turned already to the quarter-final in Samara against Sweden on Saturday, determined to capitalize on what captain Harry Kane spoke of as a sense of "huge belief" after getting the burden of English history "off our back".

At the 2014 World Cup, then Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi criticised the official for making "a lot of mistakes" in a defeat to France.

He has found the net six times in Russian Federation.

Forsberg strike sends Sweden into last eight
Shaqiri found himself in a good position early in the second half but could not get a shot away and Robin Olsen claimed the ball. Both sides had been hampered by suspensions here too, with Switzerland more badly affected.

Sterling's inability to make the right decision in the final third is a repeated failing and he was withdrawn by Southgate against Colombia after another one of those nights.

There were also a number of injuries being assessed at the forRestMix Club.

"Sweden don't have a Kane, Sterling or a Neymar".

John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling all started for England who were the better side in a fine first-half display.

After a cagey 30 minutes of extra time, England fans would have been fearing the worst as the match headed for penalties.

Colombia dealt well with England's threat at set-pieces and Sweden are arguably even better-equipped to do the same.

I think this will be tight but I fancy Didier Deschamps' side, who are starting to look like a really good team rather than a collection of very talented individuals.

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