Sweden's Granqvist ready to show England what they missed

Pauline Gross
July 8, 2018

Andersson's men are aiming to reach the last four for the first time since 1994 when they finished third in the United States.

And if the historic record were to be separated into competitive fixtures - European Championship, World Cup and qualifiers - then the numbers do not make great reading for England with one win, two defeats and five draws.

"Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started".

"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.

"I think there are a real lot of disappointed people who have done England for years and years and their families have, quite rightly, said this is what we've been shown on television".

Handfuls of tickets were available just days before the game and it is unclear if suggestions of a surge in online interest in bookings will result in larger crowd numbers than at previous games such as against Tunisia, when England fans' attendance was said to be the lowest for 30 years.

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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.

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. "We've proven to other people and to ourselves that when we're at the right level we can make it very hard for teams, and we're not going to try to do anything else against England", midfielder Sebastian Larsson told reporters. "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. I hope Sweden but it is going to be very tight - 50-50.

Ibrahimovic´s advice for Sweden is simple - more of the same. Switzerland could have played for a week and still not scored against Sweden.

'Italy couldn't score in 180 minutes in the qualifying play-offs.

"We are both very unsafe at set pieces". Both teams came through Round of 16 via penalty shootouts. If they can keep it up, they have a good chance.

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