Southgate is approaching this match with caution citing England's poor record against Sweden. It was only in the European Championships in 2012 that England finally won a competitive match against Sweden. The match was arguably the game of the tournament, it ended 3-2 with Sweden equalizing twice before conceding a deflected Walcott goal.
The last time the two teams met was at the World Cup in 2006 when England was managed by a certain Swedish manager. The game ended 2-2. The highlights are worth watching if not just for Joe Cole's goal.
Four years earlier the two teams met in the 2002 World Cup. Sol Campbell took the lead for England in the first-half before Everton reserve Niclas Alexandersson netted an equalizer in the second-half. The match ended 1-1.
So, if history is anything to go by then this will be a close game. However, this time around Sweden definitely lack some of the talent they have in previous years, talent that included Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fredrik Ljungberg and Henrik Larsson. As a unit the Swede's are incredibly hard to break down, only Germany managed to pierce their defensive line this tournament. However, South Korea, Mexico and Switzerland do not have a Harry Kane.
Kane has scored six goals in this World Cup
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