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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Zlatan says Sweden has big chance to win World Cup

Zlatan says Sweden has big chance to win World Cup

"I'm confident - but then again I always am".

When it comes to the World Cup, including qualifiers, the teams have met four times, drawing on each occasion, the most recent 12 years ago. "That doesn't happen every World Cup". Former Southampton midfielder Anders Svensson holds the record number of global caps for Sweden, with 148 appearances between 1999 and 2013. Switzerland could have played for a week and still not scored against Sweden.

"Harry 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".

The teams play tomorrow at Samara, Russia.

Ibrahimovic´s advice for Sweden is simple - more of the same.

Former Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"They played twice against Italy and for 180 minutes Italy could not score a goal against them".

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well". Andersson's squad regrouped, and impressively defeated Mexico 3-0 in their final group match to progress to the knockout stage.

The Swedish Football Association has been fined more than £50,000 after representatives wore unauthorised commercial branding during their World Cup last 16 victory over Switzerland.

Handfuls of tickets were available just days before the game and it is unclear if suggestions of a surge in online interest in bookings will result in larger crowd numbers than at previous games such as against Tunisia, when England fans' attendance was said to be the lowest for 30 years.

Sweden's coach Janne Andersson attends a press conference on the eve of the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter final football match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena on July 6, 2018 in Samara. England and Sweden last played in a friendly on November 14, 2012, at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where the home side ran out 4-2 winners and Ibrahimovic scored all the goals - his final effort a stunning overhead kick from 25 yards in the closing moments.

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