Sweden's strength is our unity, says bullish skipper Granqvist

Grant SmithJul 07, 2018

Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the USA, challenged the former England captain on Friday to a wager on the outcome of Saturdays England v Sweden game.

England take on Sweden in the Samara Arena at 1500BST looking to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"They have a big chance to win the World Cup", Ibrahimovic said. "They have seen our game, they have seen our group stage and how we play and I think they have big respect for us".

Ibrahimovic told Sweden's Expressen newspaper yesterday that "now it's not just about how good you are", adding that England can be "tough and hard to score against".

"We are there to push them".

"They think they are so good but they are not. Every Swedish person in the world is proud and we will be proud however it goes in the coming games".

Vazquez said that "with the end of this sporting moment, others will be opened, in which the people of Uruguay will continue supporting with fervor".

Croatia haven't got bundles of pace in their team and Russian Federation will be hard to beat, just like they were against Spain.

The defender, who spent a brief spell at English side Wigan earlier in his career, does not see any reason why Sweden should change their playing style as they head in to their quarter final match against the Three Lions.

"The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage".

Sweden will set up to play for penalties - England will have to be very patient, and not get caught on the counter-attack with a sucker punch.

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