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Sweden vs England

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Sweden right-back Mikael Lustig is banned after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament and is expected to be replaced by Emil Krafth.

However, midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension and will come back into the side for Gustav Svensson. England forward Jamie Vardy is a major doubt because of the groin strain he suffered against Colombia.

Ashley Young has overcome an ankle knock sustained in that game while Kyle Walker is fully recovered from cramp. Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kyle Walker are a booking away from missing a potential semi-final for England.

VIEW FROM BOTH CAMPS

Sweden head coach Janne Andersson: “I grew up in the 70s and we used to follow English football. It was only one televised match a week in those day.

“I grew up with this and England was my second nation. It’s a wonderful feeling to face them as head coach of the Swedish team.

“But football has developed a great deal. What they still have is the heart and the spirit of fighting. I have always appreciated that but it’s not the England I grew up watching.”

England manager Gareth Southgate: “Although our team will be better in two years with more life experience, maybe the cards on injuries and things won’t fall as kindly and we won’t get this opportunity again.

“It’s dangerous if I start to get carried away, but I’m proud of the way we’re playing.”

England captain Harry Kane on the spirit in the camp: “We are just like family really. It is about togetherness and trust. I look at them like my brothers and they look at me the same. We will do anything for each other.

“It was great to come through that game the other night and just to see the joy in everyone’s faces. We have worked so hard to come through that and it makes us even more proud of each other.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

The thing that impressed me most about England against Colombia was the way they stood up to the provocation they faced.

Sweden’s strength is their organisation at the back, but England have got the players to open them up, especially out wide, and I can see them getting some joy when they come forward.

Prediction: 0-2