Best 2018 FIFA World Cup Round Of 16 XI

Dean Simpson
July 5, 2018

England: Freed from the curse of the penalty shootout after they beat Colombia from the spot, England will be favorites to reach a first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Harry Kane found the net again for England on Tuesday from the penalty spot and is the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

"They have shown it so many times now".

The World Cup action resumes on Friday with the quarter-finals but there's still plenty going on at Russian Federation 2018.

The RB Leipzig player scored the goal that sent his team through to the quarter-finals, and was a constant threat to Switzerland's backline.

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.

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against". Moscow's Tushinsky court on Wednesday slapped a British football fan with a 3,000-ruble ($47) fine for scribbling "England" on the statue of renowned Soviet football legend Fyodor Cherenkov, the court's press service said. "I can see a draw and extra time".

Speaking to Sky Sports News from Russian Federation, reporter Rob Dorsett said: "Alli is the most significant concern for Southgate but don't expect the FA to issue a medical bulletin - England don't want to help Sweden in any of their preparations".

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.

"Many teams have tried to break down Sweden". The five-time World Cup winners are 11/4 to add a sixth crown to their belt, but have a tough test when they face Belgium in Kazan on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.

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England's Swedish former manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, also warned that Sweden, who have conceded only two goals in four World Cup matches, will be extremely hard opponents.

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