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#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles

05 July 2018

England won a penalty shoot out at the World Cup for the first time ever and the nation was watching. They play in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

"It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden in my opinion, Sweden today are a very hard team to break down", Swede Eriksson, who led England to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup quarter-finals, told Paddy Power News.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had tolerated previous incidents by Maradona at games in Russia, which the 1986 World Cup winning captain was left to explain on his Facebook page. "I think these young players are showing that, and they are enjoying the tournament".

WHY FRANCE WINS: We've yet to see the best of a French side that has everything trending in its favour.

Cherenkov is not well known outside Russia, but remains a hero to Spartak fans after winning three Soviet titles and one Russian title with the club.

Way too often a Spanish player would check and move horizontally rather than look to move into space, making it easy for a courageous but limited Russian Federation side to pack their defence and hang on for a penalty shootout which had a feeling of inevitability about it. Yet Oscar Tabarez's side have one of the best defences left in the competition and have conceded just one goal in the tournament. What we know is this Russian side is more than willing to sit back in two blocks of five and grind for 90 minutes or more.

England will take on Sweden on Sunday morning in their quarter-final.

Fabian Delph given permission to leave England World Cup squad
England manager Gareth Southgate has played down suggestions he may have inspired a fashion trend. I'm still fighting every day to get int the team and prove myself as a player.

If I am right, then France will play Brazil in the semi-finals and England will play Croatia, which would not be too shabby a line-up.

"We felt it was probably a good time to try solidify a little bit and with hindsight it was probably a good thing that he didn't go to extra-time because that would have put him at a bit more risk".

WHY SWEDEN WINS: This Swedish team takes pride in its defending.

The Three Lions progressed to the quarter finals of the tournament after a feisty match in Moscow on Tuesday night, with Jordan Pickford's fine save to deny Carlos Bacca giving Eric Dier the opportunity to win the tie.

England fans received heart-rate warnings from smartwatches during England's tense fixture against Colombia. Football might not be "coming home", but it's going one more game after this.

"I've seen it two years ago".

#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles