first_imgFormer England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is expecting a “very tight” game between his former side and his native Sweden in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-finalThe 70-year-old became the first foreigner to take charge of the Three Lions in 2001 and led them into quarter-final appearances in three major tournaments before stepping down in 2006.Under Gareth Southgate, England have reached the last-eight of the World Cup for the first time since they were under Eriksson at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.But the ex-Lazio boss is not expecting an easy ride for them against his native Sweden.“During my time with England we met Sweden four times,” he said, according to The Express.“We lost once, and the others were draws and, going back before that, they have beaten England in big games.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden. Sweden today are a very hard team to break down.“Their strikers are defenders when it’s time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well. Their running, their commitment, their physical work is incredible.”Luck will be a big factor for England this weekend.“England have a great chance to make a World Cup semi-final,” Eriksson added.“I can see a draw and extra time. England have set-pieces, Sweden will make some chances, but the game will come down to luck – the team that makes the most of their luck will win.“It will be very tight. My brain says England, though my heart says Sweden. But, in the last 30 years, how many times have England beaten Sweden? Not often – twice.”last_img

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