In the latest Sweden news, former captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Sweden are capable of winning the World Cup – if they can keep their emotions in check.
Sweden, who are 22/1 to win the World Cup with Sky Bet, have claimed some big scalps on their way to the last eight, having qualified at the expense of the Netherlands and Italy.
They finished ahead of the Dutch in Group A courtesy of a superior goal difference, which saw them concede just nine times in 10 outings.
After claiming second spot in their group they had to face Italy over two legs in the play-off round and once again they were solid at the back, as they kept successive clean sheets to win 1-0 on aggregate.
Janne Andersson’s men have kept five clean sheets in their past six outings and that solid foundation has helped them into the last eight for the first time since 1994.
It is unlikely they will change their approach for Saturday’s meeting with England and Ibrahimovic feels it could help them go deeper into the tournament.
The LA Galaxy striker admits that emotions play a big role in the latter stages but expects his compatriots to rise to the occasion.
“Now it’s not just about how good you are. Now there are a lot of emotions in the picture because it’s about quarter-finals,” Ibrahimovic told ESPN.
“The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage. Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started. They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would.
“Now it’s about England on Saturday and we are all there with our full support behind them. All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes.”