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Eriksson confident ex-employers can set up a Swedish showdown

By Robert Jones

Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed England to beat Colombia and hopes they will play Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Eriksson twice led England to the World Cup last-eight stage during his reign as manager, and he has been impressed with Gareth Southgate's squad so far in Russia.

But the Swede warned that his countrymen are a tougher team to score against than strongly-fancied Brazil.

England meet Colombia in the last-16 on Tuesday, with Sweden or Switzerland looming as their quarter-final opponents if they knock out the South Americans.

"When you come down to the last 16, it is always difficult, and it should be difficult," Eriksson said.

"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."

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