Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
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England's Vardy faces fitness battle for Sweden clash

England's Vardy faces fitness battle for Sweden clash

The Guardian also noted former Argentina worldwide and World Cup icon Diego Maradona said England benefitted from a "monumental robbery".

"There were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents".

"The surprise is probably that we're terribly consistent", he added.

"We now move forward to a game that will really challenge us in a completely different way, but tonight is a special moment".

The beat Mexico 3-0 in their final group game despite having onlu 33 per cent of the possession and then got past Switzerland in the round of 16 with 32 per cent. I understand some smaller nations need help, but it always seemed absurd to me a country with our resources, with so many highly qualified and experienced coaches who wanted the chance, looked overseas for an expensive alternative.

They have kept three clean sheets in four outings in Russian Federation but captain Andreas Granqvist will have his work cut out against Harry Kane, the leading scorer in the competition with six goals. "That'll hurt more than us getting into a scrap with them and they get one of our players sent off".

"He's incredibly skilled, not just at penalties but as a striker".


"Here's a gentleman who decides, a referee who, if you Google him, shouldn't be given a match of this magnitude".

"It's not straightforward, we won't see everything, but we'll have a feel from what they're reporting and the way they're running and try and make the best decisions we can".

As Argentina's coach in 2009, a Federation Internationale de Football Association suspension for a tirade aimed at reporters after a World Cup qualifying game barred Maradona from attending the 2010 finals draw in Cape Town, South Africa. "You can't identify one single factor, you need to look at the overall picture", the Sweden coach said. We have to find the right balance so that football can happen.

Geiger awarded England a second-half penalty after Carlos Sanchez wrestled Harry Kane to the ground, but also punished an apparent headbutt by Colombia's Wilmar Barrios on Jordan Henderson with only a yellow card. There were many situations (at set-pieces), as expected, everyone knew it would like this.

"Vardy didn't train today, so is looking doubtful for this game", Southgate said on Thursday.

"It's a holistic approach".

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