This has been a World Cup of jubilation as well as broken dreams. Until now, we have witnessed surprising uprises and also shocking upsets in a limited span.
But the story of England has been quite encouraging so far. Despite having an inexperienced side this term, they have shown sheer determination and unity.
The Three Lions have lined up a star-studded squad under the passionate Gareth Southgate, emerging as the dark horse in the aftermath of a Round of 16 win against Colombia.
The Englishmen will now lock horns with minnows Sweden, who have surprised the world by making it to the quarterfinals of this ongoing football carnival in Russia.
The 1966 World Champions must not underestimate their opponents as they have earned their place collectively banking on mostly little-known stars.
Striker Jamie Vardy is a major doubt after picking up a groin injury before the penalty shootout whereas veteran Ashley Young remains uncertain following an ankle sprain suffered during extra time.
Although the resulting corner from his acrobatic stop allowed Columbia to equalize in closing seconds, the Everton custodian will be a key figure against Sweden.
Has been sloppy and erroneous at times in a makeshift right centre-back role. Against Sweden, however, the Manchester City full-back must be wary of dynamic Swedish sensation Emil Forsberg.
The youngster has shown resilience and composure while taking charge of England’s deep defence.
The former Hull City defender has earned massive appreciation since joining Leicester City and his towering presence in the backline has helped the Three Lions to claim success so far in this prestigious event.
The Liverpool skipper’s work rate is exemplary and his vision, passing traits, and playmaking skills have benefited England significantly.
The Spurs full-back has adapted to an advanced role in the right-hand side where he provides persistent support higher up the pitch. Trippier also backtracks to help the defensive line.
Although he scored a stunner against Panama in the group stage encounter, Lingard is yet to justify his form. But the attacker is operating from a slightly deeper role and his dedication, determination and dynamic display make him a key first-team resource for the Three Lions.
The young sensation is having a tough time due to fitness concerns. However, Alli is a fighter and he must strive to put in a solid shift against Sweden as well.
Although he looked worn-out during towards the end of the game against Colombia, Young has exhibited a decent show so far. He should be handed a start against Sweden.
Has been a massive disappointment so far amid hopes of an exhilarating campaign. With Marcus Rashford’s influential display from the bench, however, it is high time for Sterling to uplift his game and guide England to attain the epitome of success with three more wins.
The skipper has continued his prolific goalscoring form and has emerged as a prime contender to win the Golden Boot. He has already notched 6 goals and his poaching traits make him the most mischevious individual in a high-spirited England squad.
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