England will face Sweden in the third match of the World Cup quarter finals on Saturday, a clash that would be held in Samara Arena.
This will be the 25th meeting between the two sides. England won eight to Sweden’s seven, with nine draws.
The two previous World Cup matches between England and Sweden in 2002 and 2006 were in group stages, and ended in draw.
England coach Gareth Southgate said Sweden have a very clear identity and have had absolutely incredible results.” Sweden, he added, “are really difficult to score against and we are going to have to play at a really high level to win the game.” Sweden manager Janne Andersson said England coaching staff should not hvae any problem analyzing his team. “We are very consistent, there are no big surprises. We are very strong in our belief and have been so from the beginning.” He commended on the relations among the players and coaching staff, which made the team happy and.
Sweden are competing in their fifth World Cup quarter final. They have progressed to semi final in three of their previous four World Cups: 1938, 1958 and 1994, only losing to Germany in 1934.
England, which won the World Cup in 1966, have reached the World Cup quarter final for the first time since 2006, when they lost on penalties to Portugal.
The Samara Arena hosted five games in this World Cup: Costa Rica-Serbia, Denmark-Australia, Uruguay-Russia, Senegal-Colombia and Brazil-Mexico.
Source: Kuwait News Agency