Sweden aiming to upset an England team on the verge of history

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"All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes", Ibra said.

Sweden and England face-off in what could shape up to be a thrilling quarter-final clash, but the fates of these teams will be decided by crucial battles on the pitch. Each time you play someone like that, you get a little more experience about it. "So they have had success, as nobody thought they would", he said.

Meanwhile, Sweden's all-time top scorer Ibrahimovic, who retired from worldwide football in 2016, said the quarterfinal match between the Swedes and England involves "a lot of emotions". We still put pressure on ourselves; we don't feel like we are satisfied here. I was at Crystal Palace when they weren't quite as good as they are now. "We need to manage the game well and make the pitch as wide as possible".

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"We are there to push them". But Gareth Southgate's side also did well to respond after conceding an equaliser so late, and obviously recovering from that.

"Normally the other teams have better players on paper and we let them have the ball in the places we want them to have the ball", said Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist.

Emil Forsberg will be key to Sweden's chances against England.

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Charlie Nicholas, Sky Sports: "England have more quality, there's absolutely no doubt about that, but I've not been caught up with the fluency of their play".

There had been suggestions of a surge in online interest in the game after England beat Colombia on penalties in the round of 16. "I'd love to win a World Cup, England would love to win a World Cup".

Sky News' senior correspondent David Bowden, who is on the ground in Samara, bumped into two German fans who had only bought tickets for the quarter-final six months ago because, in their own words, they were "arrogant" to assume the 2014 champions, who were knocked out in the group stages, would get this far.

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Martin Laurence, The Guardian: "England's superior quality should just about win out, but it's unlikely to be easy viewing yet again". We're predicting a tactical stalemate that only penalty kicks can decide. "Sweden 1 England 2 [after extra time]".

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