#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles

Heather Diaz
July 5, 2018

Back for their first tournament since 2006, the Swedes have been superb and have reached this stage for the first time in 24 years.

Walker was among England's last-16 winners who took part in a gym and pool recovery session on Wednesday as their preparations began for their World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.

Yerry Mina's stoppage-time header threatened to change all that, but a first World Cup win on penalties in four attempts gives Gareth Southgate's men reason to believe this time really will be different.

Their last meeting at a major tournament was Euro 2012, where the Three Lions won a gripping encounter 3-2 thanks to goals from Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

Dr Jeff Foster of TFJ Private GP Services, in Leamington Spa says fans with weak hearts are particularly at risk if they become too excited while cheering on their team. Common thinking at the time was it was futile practicing penalties, given the inability to recreate the pressure of the shootout on the training field.

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Players stepped up and performed when their nations needed them most, but there are only 11 places in our team of the last 16. England are second-favorite to win the tournament.

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Somehow, only one of those five stands among the final eight, with that one (Brazil) on the caviar side of the bracket alongside Belgium's golden generation, France's soaring talent and Uruguay's all-pitch competence.

"Sweden is another team we have a poor record against".

Brazil's defensive record under coach Tite has been remarkable, with only six goals conceded in 25 matches, and they have been just as miserly in Russian Federation.

On Gareth Southgate's side he said: "Nobody speaks about England but they are risky".

His thoughts are turned already to the quarter-final in Samara against Sweden on Saturday, determined to capitalize on what captain Harry Kane spoke of as a sense of "huge belief" after getting the burden of English history "off our back".

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