Sven-Goran Eriksson explains why Sweden will be huge a test for England

Tough test

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has claimed that his former side would have been better off facing Brazil over Sweden in the quarter-finals.

England progressed through to the latter stages of the competition in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night against Colombia.

They were hard worked by the South American side who were able to take Gareth Southgate’s side all the way to penalties.

Jordan Pickford was the hero of the night but it’s straight onto the next game if the three lions want to go all the way.

Jordan Pickford

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 03: Jordan Pickford of England makes a save during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Biased?

Now, Swedish football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has claimed that his former side England would have had an easier time facing Brazil than they will against Sweden.

‘It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden in my opinion, Sweden today are a very hard team to break down,’ he explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘Their strikers are defenders when it’s time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well.

‘If you woke them up in the middle of the night, they would know every position in defending – any possibility in the game, they know what to do.

‘It’ll be the most difficult game they’ll have played so far.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 03: Jordan Pickford of England is celebrated by team mates during penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at Spartak Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

‘Italy couldn’t score in 180 minutes in the qualifying play-offs. Germany struggled in the group stage and needed Toni Kroos’s free-kick to save them.

‘Switzerland could have played for a week and still not scored against Sweden.’

Sweden will be more or less the same as Iceland in Euro 2016,’ he added. 

‘They don’t have the best footballers in the world, and none of our players would play in the first team of the biggest clubs in the world since Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) has left. 

‘But, as a team, the way they work together, they are one of the best. You won’t find a better team.”

Man City & Tottenham: England’s three injury fears vs Sweden

What might not help England against Sweden is several injury worries going into the game.

That is because there are a few players who could end up missing the game.

Click here to see who they are. 

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