"Now, it´s not only about how good you are, but there are a lot of emotions in the game".
Former England captain David Beckham has signed up for a pretty unusual bet with Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the two legends prepare to watch their nations do battle in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday. Now playing for LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic retired from worldwide soccer after a disappointing 2016 European Championship that saw Sweden finish last in its group.
"We are a team and we are all happy to be here", said Andersson, who explained that his players have now spent 45 days together.
Eriksson admitted England's first penalty shootout win in a World Cup will give them great "confidence" but said "Sweden won't be impressed by (Harry) Kane".
"It would be easier for England to beat Brazil than to beat Sweden, in my opinion", said the Swede, England's first foreign-born coach.
"I think there was a coach who once said about their team that they're quite easy to analyse but quite hard to beat".
'Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend and they can defend in their own box as well.
"Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started". England have set-pieces, Sweden will make some chances, but the game will come down to luck - the team that makes the most of their luck will win. There is very little to choose between the two countries historically and another tight game is expected in Samara on Saturday. In 2015, Andersson took IFK Norrkoping to an unexpected Swedish top-flight title and was handed the national team job following Euro 2016, where the team finished bottom of their group. Again upsetting the odds, Sweden edged out Italy 1-0 over the two-legged play-off to secure their place in Russian Federation. Switzerland could have played for a week and still not scored against Sweden.
"We are both very risky at set pieces. It's a good thing that England are scoring from corners, penalties and free-kicks, and they look very unsafe from these all the time".