England should not underestimate Sweden, warns Eriksson

Sweden have battled against the odds to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1994

Sweden have battled against the odds to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1994

"It's hard to play against them and to score against them".

While many former players have said the World Cup draw means that England have a great chance to reach the final, former Sweden midfielder Hakan Mild believes the Three Lions are in for "an unpleasant surprise".

England manager Gareth Southgate has hailed his team's mettle over the course of the World Cup as well, but in his last news conference before the clash with Sweden, he was more keen to talk about comments from some in the opposition camp who have labelled his team as entitled.

The 36-year-old retired from worldwide football after Euro 2016 but remains Sweden' record goalscorer with 62 goals in total. Overall, I think England will get to the finals, then lose - it's Brazil isn't it? "Maybe we are not the best team as individuals, but we are a team, everyone helps and that is what symbolizes us", he noted, adding that Sweden and England have one thing in common.

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"If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday, that's a big mistake".

"You won't find a better team - Sweden are world champions of team spirit". "For the first time I feel we meet a country who's more or less on a par with us in that respect", he said". It will be very tight. Italy couldn't score in 180 minutes in the qualifying play-offs. Especially from set-pieces. Sweden are a tall team at the back and very well organised.

Speaking about his Rangers team's win against Bury, Gerrard was upbeat and said both he and the squad were eagerly looking forward to the start of Europa League play and the Premiership campaign. "We will have to be very strong in the area to ensure they don't get the service they want", said Granqvist, who will probably have the job of marking England captain and the World Cup's leading goalscorer, Harry Kane.

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