Sweden who are competing in their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994 will face England on Saturday (7th July) in Samara.

These two teams have played twice at the World Cup previously, both matches ending in a draw.

The last time the two sides met was in 2012 for a friendly match, with Sweden prevailing 4-2 thanks to four goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, including a stunning bicycle kick from over 25 yards.

Sweden’s iconic player of the last 10 years, Ibrahimovic retired from the national team after the European Championships in 2016.

But while Sweden may lack Ibrahimovic’s goal scoring pedigree, the team have used good organisation and just enough attacking threat for a run of good results at the World Cup.

After beating Italy over a two-legged play-off to qualify for the tournament, Sweden topped a tough group containing Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

The team led by Janne Andersson then beat Switzerland 1-0 in the round of 16 to book their place in the quarter-finals against England.

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