Wednesday 18 July 2018

Former Sweden star Mild turns up the heat on ‘spoilt’ England

The 47-year-old is delighted to be facing Gareth Southgate’s side in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Sweden edged out Switzerland to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals (Martin Meissner/AP)
Sweden edged out Switzerland to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals (Martin Meissner/AP)

By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport, Repino

Former Sweden international Hakan Mild has welcomed his country’s quarter-final draw against England, claiming Gareth Southgate’s side are “spoilt children”.

Mild has history with English football, briefly representing Wimbledon in 2001/02 as well as scoring three times against the Three Lions on international duty.

The 47-year-old, who was also on the receiving end of poor challenge by Paul Scholes at Wembley in 1999, was dismissive of the side awaiting his country in Samara.

While most onlookers have been struck by the humility and togetherness of the young squad put together by Southgate, Mild took a different view in his role as a pundit on Svergies Radio.

“It couldn’t be a better draw, they think they are so good, they are not,” he is quoted as saying.

“They are spoilt children who earn a lot of money. They don’t have the desperation needed.”

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Former Sweden midfielder Hakan Mild had a brief spell at Wimbledon (PA)

Barring golden boot front-runner Harry Kane, England are less reliant on star power and more on team cohesion than in previous tournaments, but Mild thinks Sweden have the edge in that regard.

“You are not terrified when you see this team. It suits Sweden well,” he said.

“If we get through the first 20 minutes we can go through. They are limited.

“I’m really impressed (with Sweden), how they have come up with this and how the team works together. They do it together and the players submit to the idea.”

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