Easier to score against Brazil than Sweden: Eriksson | The Daily Star
03:17 PM, July 04, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:34 PM, July 04, 2018

Easier to score against Brazil than Sweden: Eriksson

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson knew Gareth Southgate's team would beat Colombia in the World Cup last 16 but said his native Sweden were going to be tough opponents if they meet in the quarter-finals.

Eriksson -- who coached England to two successive World Cup quarter-finals, in 2002 and 2006 -- said he was impressed with the job Southgate is doing with his young team in Russia.

England faced Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow after finishing second in their group behind Belgium, while the Swedes played against Switzerland in Saint Petersburg earlier the same day.

Eriksson believed Sweden, who topped Group F after beating Mexico in their final match, may not be playing scintillating football but said they are tough to score against.

"When you come down to the last-16, it is always difficult, and it should be difficult," Eriksson told the BBC on Sunday. "I think England will beat Colombia, then I hope they will meet Sweden.

"I know that everyone wants to avoid Brazil, and maybe rightly, but I think it is easier to score against Brazil than against Sweden.

"Sweden are not playing the best football in the world, but to score against them is very difficult."

Eriksson said not too much should be read into England's 1-0 defeat to Belgium in a group match that saw both managers make multiple changes.

"It was the second team of England and the second team of Belgium. It is different when you change five, six and seven players," he said.

"I think both managers did well. When you have the chance in a long, hard tournament to rest players, you should do that.

"It is a hungry England team. They seem to go out without any fears at all, and that is good. They enjoy their football and they play without the fear of losing. The pressure is not there too much."

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