Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says that Gareth Southgate’s team will struggle to score against Sweden on Saturday.
The Swedes have only conceded two goals in four games, with both coming against Germany in the group stage; they earned their place in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win over Italy across two legs.
Meanwhile, England have struggled to create chances from open play, with seven of their nine goals coming from set-pieces and penalties.
Eriksson was the last England manager to reach a World Cup quarter-final and he told Expressen: “England will struggle to score against Sweden.
“I believe it will be a Swedish win. And as a Swede my hopes are with Sweden.
“Given how they are playing now I believe they can go all the way.
“I have yet to decide [whether to attend the game], but I might go. It will be a fantastic World Cup quarter final, a tough and hard fight between Sweden and England.”
Eriksson had earlier told Sky Sports News: “If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday, that’s a big mistake. I think it could be very difficult.
“It’s difficult for Sweden as well, but to score against them is extremely difficult.
“England have the players individually to do something special – Kane is one, Sterling is another. But when I tell you it’s difficult to beat Sweden, it’s the truth. Italy tried in the qualifiers for 180 mins and they didn’t score. Germany only scored a free kick at the end.
“I’m looking forward to it – It’s very much 50/50.”
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