Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

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Plenty of Liverpool fans want Harry Maguire at Anfield after England displays

The World Cup hit the pause button today as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia.

The 20-year old fan was hauled in after Tuesday night's match at Moscow's Spartak Arena when England defeated Colombia as a result of a 4-3 penalty shootout.

Mild also suggested that the added strain of England's win against Colombia following extra-time and penalties could be significant.

Russian players were on their knees in exhaustion after defending for 120 minutes in Moscow with just 26 percent possession and they must now summon another huge physical effort, with Croatia expected to dominate the ball once more.

Looking ahead to Saturday's quarter-final with Sweden in Samara, the media do not appear to have heeded manager Gareth Southgate's claim that England have underestimated the Swedes for years.

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against".

He says luck will play a big part in the encounter but concedes England might have the edge.

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"This was special but I want us to go on", said Southgate, whose own penalty miss saw England lose to Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 96 at Wembley.

They have conceded only two goals so far in Russian Federation - only Uruguay and Russian Federation have let in fewer - but it is the defensive work of the creative players, notably Forsberg but also Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen, that really tells you most about the internal spirit.

"Sweden are so hard to break down".

"Kane will be a tougher challenge than they're used to, but Sweden won't be impressed by Kane - or whoever is in the England team".

In midfield, France's Paul Pogba and Uruguay's Lucas Torreira were picked for their dominant displays in the centre of the park in the last 16, while Sweden's Emil Forsberg completes the trio.

The Three Lions have quietly gone about their business in Russian Federation so far, but with only eight teams left the role of underdog no longer fits them. "He's the one who can change the game, win one-on-ones, and Andreas Granqvist, the captain, is the best player, a fantastic defender - but it's as a team that Sweden has strength".

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