Are England taking it home?

Sweden will face England in their first World Cup quarter-final appearances since USA 1994 when the two teams meet. Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from the national team, they have replaced their individual star by placing a greater emphasis on the collective and it has been the key to their success. Swedens defensive nature and ability to hold the pressure of the last intensive minutes has seen them through the competition.

This sums up what awaits England in the quarter-final: a side that makes it very difficult for their opponent.

England will be looking to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup for only the third time in their history. Sweden have reached the semi-finals at the World Cup on four previous occasions, most recently in 1994.

The Three Lions last reached the semi-finals of a major tournament in 1996 as hosts of the European Championships.

A number of England players will be feeling the effects from Tuesday after being taken all the way to penalties. After the match, Southgate confirmed that a number of players in the camp had injuries.

The sides are well acquainted. England have won 8, drawn 9 and lost 7. Both their World Cup encounters (2002 and 2006) ended in scoring draws but neither of those came in a knockout scenario.

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