Belfast Telegraph

England’s World Cup Diary – Thursday, July 5

The latest from the England camp in Russia ahead of their last-eight meeting with Sweden.

John Stones faced the media on Thursday (Owen Humphreys/PA)
John Stones faced the media on Thursday (Owen Humphreys/PA)

England stepped up preparations for Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden with a behind-closed-doors training session on Thursday.

The Three Lions had spent Wednesday recuperating after Tuesday night’s ill-tempered penalty shootout win against Colombia.

But Gareth Southgate told a press conference England’s focus has quickly shifted to their last-eight showdown with Sweden in Samara.

Jamie Vardy was the only squad member who did not take part in training after having an injection to treat a groin injury sustained against Colombia.

After training, some of England’s players enjoyed the media centre’s facilities at Repino, which include a bowling alley, darts board and pool table.

Picture of the day

Quote of the day

They’re a team I respect enormously. They have a very clear identity and have had absolutely incredible results, really, against more favoured countries with bigger reputations. Gareth Southgate on Saturday's opponents Sweden

Video of the day

Daily social

What’s on tomorrow?

Southgate and captain Harry Kane are scheduled to attend a press conference at the Samara Arena at 4.15pm (BST)

Three Lions throwback

Joe Cole celebrates his spectacular opening goal for England against Sweden in Cologne at the 2006 World Cup (Martin Rickett/PA)

England drew 2-2 with Sweden to top Group B and secure a last-16 clash with Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Joe Cole’s stunning 35-yard effort was cancelled out by Marcus Allback’s header and Sweden equalised again through Henrik Larsson in stoppage time after Steven Gerrard had headed England into an 85th-minute lead.

Press Association


From Belfast Telegraph