England proved to be too much for Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, as he favours them to win the World Cup, while England’s coach was ardent on continuing his journey in Russia for a while longer.
“We were faced with a good team, England were the best team today,” said Andersson during the post-match press conference after Sweden was eliminated in the quarterfinals match.
The performance that got the Swedish team this far in the World Cup indeed pleased Andersson. “We were faced with tough opponents every single match,” he said to underline the excellent effort his players put in and that they should not be disappointed.
Attacking against a five-man English defence was very challenging, said Andersson, as the margins during the match were quite small for Sweden.
Andersson added, “I believe that they are perfectly able to go all the way,” as he confirmed England are good enough to win the World Cup, with a “forceful, well-organised” team and coach.
England coach, Gareth Southgate said “It’s an incredible privilege to be the England manager,” as he takes his team to the semifinals.
Southgate mentioned his sincere appreciation of all the staff and players, to defeat a nation that has been on previous occasions “too much for us to handle.” Southgate commented on the performance of man of the match saying, “Pickford is the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be,” and touching on his critical saves made today.
Before this game Southgate and his team were keen on staying in the tournament for another week, and that it’s up to them now which games they will be playing next.
Three Lions head to the semi-finals after today’s victory, to face the winners from tonight’s match between Croatia and Russia to settle the second semifinals match of the tournament.
Source: Kuwait News Agency