Zlatan: 'I'm Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England'

Zlatan: 'I'm Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England'

Zlatan: 'I'm Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England'

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

"It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far, they can bet on that".

"We've got huge respect for England, they've got quality players all over the pitch, they're a good team, but for us, like we have been doing for most of this tournament, we're trying to focus mostly on ourselves".

Beckham replied on Instagram, saying: "If Sweden win I will personally take you to Ikea and buy you whatever you need for the new mansion in LA, but when England win I want you to come watch an England game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish and chips at half-time".

They believe, and they thought they could do it. They´re making good things, and hopefully, they could continue.

Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Barsley qualified to play for Scotland through her mother, Rosemary, but her father, Roger, is English.

The 70-year-old led England through the World Cup finals in 2002 and 2006, losing on penalties in the quarter-finals on both occasions, and he feels that the more reasonable expectations of the current side will allow them to perform better.

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well".

However, according to some, England are overconfident - and Sweden captain Grangvist hints that this underestimation of his side could be their downfall.

'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.

"I think the chance is very big", said Eriksson. I am quite sure about that. The introduction of the controversial Video Assistant Referee system has seen more spot-kicks awarded than ever before at a World Cup. It will be very tight.

Sweden head coach Janne Andersson, 55, has built Sweden's progress around a strong team ethic rather than any one star individual as the players look to emerge from Ibrahimovic's shadow. Italy couldn't score in 180 minutes in the qualifying play-offs. It will be something special that decides it - a mistake by someone, a free-kick, a corner, a penalty.

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