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England And Sweden Confirm Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final Clash

GELENDZHIK, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Viktor Claesson of Sweden poses during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session on June 13, 2018 in Gelendzhik, Russia. (Photo by Simon Hofmann - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

England and Sweden face off in Samara on Saturday with a place in the World Cup semi-finals at stake for the victors.

Belief is growing in England that Gareth Southgate’s side can deliver a first World Cup trophy since 1966 – and a rare penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the last round has only added to the hype.

Standing in their immediate way, however, are Janne Andersson’s Sweden, a side built on tactical discipline and have already face formidable opposition in the form of Mexico, Germany and Switzerland to get here.

As for the lineups, to England first, and while there had been question marks over Dele Alli’s fitness, the Tottenham playmaker starts in what is an unchanged starting eleven for the Three Lions. There had been suggestions that Eric Dier or Ruben Loftus-Cheek could come in, but Southgate has trusted his usual side to get the job done.

For Sweden, meanwhile, veteran midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension – coming in for Gustav Svensson – while Emil Krafth comes in for suspended right-back Mikael Lustig in what will again be a rigid 4-4-2.

Sweden have kept five clean sheets in their last six games – including three at this tournament – but have trouble getting the ball into the box. England, meanwhile, have the opposite problem, insofar as they have scored nine goals so far in Russia but are yet to keep a clean sheet.

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