Granqvist Sweden World Cup

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist ready to keep Harry Kane quiet

Big task

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist has admitted that he side will do everything they can to keep Harry Kabe quiet in their game with England on Saturday.

Granqvist has been a revelation for his country during the World Cup, taking up penalty duty.

Now, they will come up against their biggest test in England who will be looking to make it through to the semi-finals.

Harry Kane is the top goalscorer in the World Cup and if Sweden are to win, they need to rely on Granqvist to stop him.

He’s been talking about that match-up ahead of the game.

‘We have been very strong on set-pieces but this is one of England’s strengths as well and they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,’ he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

‘We need to be very strong in the box and make sure they don’t get the service they need.

‘He is incredibly skilled, not just on penalties, but as a striker – he is good at everything.

‘It’s going to be a very tough match against him but we’re going to do everything to stop him.’ 

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 27: Albin Ekdal of Sweden celebrates victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Mexico and Sweden at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 27, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Big week

It’s already been an incredible week for Granqvist.

That is because his wife has given birth to his son while he is out in Russia.

‘I didn’t sleep very much last night so I’m glad it’s happened now. My wife did a wonderful job and everything went well,’ he continued.

‘It’s quite simple, getting a daughter is the most beautiful thing you can get.

‘It’s a dream for every player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup. I am looking forward to the match to get the best possible result.’

Gareth Southgate calls for England players to be honest over fitness

Everyone will want to make sure they play in the game against Sweden.

Though, England boss Gareth Southgate has asked his players to be honest leading up to the game.

Click here to find out what he had to say. 

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