Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson says England face an “extremely difficult” World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday.

England progressed to the last eight in Russia thanks to a historic penalty-shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday, while Sweden eliminated Switzerland 1-0 earlier in the day.

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The FIFA rankings suggest England go into the game as favourites – they are 12th while Sweden are 24th – but Eriksson does not think it will be an easy game for them due to their opponents’ impressive defensive record.

He said; “To score against Sweden is extremely difficult,” Eriksson, who managed England between 2001 and 2006,

“They have shown it so many times now. If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday that is a big mistake. I think it will be very difficult.

“England have the players individually to do something special. Kane is one of them, Sterling is another, but when I tell you it is difficult to beat Sweden it is the truth.

“In the World Cup play-off, Italy couldn’t score in 180 minutes, Germany only scored [in Group F] with a free-kick at the end.”