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Sweden have a ‘big chance’ to win World Cup, believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic

England have a poor record against Sweden in competitive games

Sweden's all-time top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from worldwide football in 2016, said the quarterfinal match between the Swedes and England involves "a lot of emotions".

The former Manchester City boss, who managed Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup, said the lack of pressure on England in Russian Federation is helping Gareth Southgate's side. Let's play the game and see how things go.

One fan, Bob Green, 53, from Stamford, in Lincolnshire, said he believed more England fans were making the journey.

"I think there are a real lot of disappointed people who have done England for years and years and their families have, quite rightly, said this is what we've been shown on television".

Sweden remain one of the least fancied teams left in the competition, with little in the way of star power following the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Euro 2016.

They then looked to be on course for a famous result against holders Germany before Toni Kroos drilled in a dramatic stoppage-time victor following a free-kick.

Sweden have scored twice from set plays, while England have scored three, the most at the tournament.

"As a team, the way they work together, they are one of the best", he added.

Colombia's James Rodriguez won it in 2014 with six goals while the last England player to finish leading scorer at the World Cup was Gary Lineker in 1986 - also with six.

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

"We've got huge respect for England, they've got quality players all over the pitch, they're a good team, but for us, like we have been doing for most of this tournament, we're trying to focus mostly on ourselves". There is very little to choose between the two countries historically and another tight game is expected in Samara on Saturday. Again upsetting the odds, Sweden edged out Italy 1-0 over the two-legged play-off to secure their place in Russian Federation.

There was a long spell without a win for England against the Nordic nation, between 1968 and 2011 - a spell of 12 games which saw four defeats and eight draws.