Steven Gerrard. Picture: Getty

Newly appointed Rangers manager and England captain, Steven Gerrard, has backed the Three Lions to defeat Sweden in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final tie.

A win for the team would mark the Three Lions’ most successful World Cup campaign in 28 years and set up a tie with Croatia or Russia in the last four.

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Gerrard said: “I am excited and confident they can go and deliver again.

“I thought the mentality and the spirit they showed in the last game [against Colombia] was fantastic.

“They have got the country absolutely buzzing and now the pressure is starting to snowball.

“Now they have to stay calm and keep doing exactly what they’ve been doing because they look exciting and the dark horses in the competition.

“They have got a hell of a chance and I don’t think us as a nation will get a better chance of going all the way to the final, so I hope they grasp it.

“I wish them every bit of luck.”