Friday 16 November 2018

England’s World Cup Diary – Friday, July 6

The latest from the England camp in Russia on the eve of their quarter-final clash with Sweden.

The England squad braved the rain in Russia to prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final clash with Sweden. (Dmitri Lovestsky/AP)
The England squad braved the rain in Russia to prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final clash with Sweden. (Dmitri Lovestsky/AP)

By Press Association Sport staff

England trained in Repino on Friday morning before flying to Samara in preparation for their quarter-final meeting with Sweden.

Jamie Vardy sat out most of the session at England’s training base and looks set to miss the last-eight meeting due to a groin injury.

Other than the absence of the Leicester forward, manager Gareth Southgate expects to have a fully-fit squad available.

With the nation preparing for a Saturday afternoon they will hope to remember for a long time, Three Lions skipper Harry Kane wants to keep the country united.

“I was one of those fans not too long ago getting drinks thrown over me,” he said.

“We set out to make the country proud & we feel we have done that so far. We want to keep seeing those videos. It’s about bringing the whole country together”

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England manager Gareth Southgate oversaw a training session ahead of a flight to Samara on Friday afternoon. (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Quote of the day

We are not really thinking about being world champions yet, we still have a long way to go. Captain Harry Kane is not getting carried away.

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What’s on tomorrow?

England take on Sweden in the Samara Arena at 1500BST looking to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Three Lions throwback

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Sol Campbell opened the scoring against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup. (Rui Vieira/PA)

England and Sweden have met twice in the World Cup finals in the past – both ending in group-stage draws with nothing to separate either side.

The last clash was a 2-2 draw in 2006 but, four years earlier, it was Sol Campbell who headed Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side ahead in Saitama only for Niclas Alexandersson to rescue a point for the Swedes.

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