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Kane and England's new generation impress Granqvist

03 Juillet 2018

England's task could be made more hard with James Rodriguez potentially fit to face the Three Lions, having recovered from an ankle injury sustained in Colombia's 1-0 win over Senegal in the group stages. But Sweden are a united force without the towering striker and, having impressed in the group stages, they will battle Switzerland for a quarter-final spot. However, Kane missed out in England's final group stage encounter against Belgium after manager Gareth Southgate made a decision to give him some valuable time off.

"For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them", said Southgate.

"We are going to not make it an easy game for him".

"Yes, I'm ready", he said in a press conference on Saturday.

Young has become the latest England player to volunteer for penalties duties should the two sides still be level after two hours. "The manager's come in with great ideas, the formation suits us perfectly", said Lingard. "I have the confidence in my ability to step up and take one".

'At the level we're playing at here, being in an England camp or whether it is at the club, you have to really understand that and you can nearly take bits from other people's game to try and bring your own game on. "The team spirit is incredible", Lingard told reporters. "You want to be involved in the games that matter and the lads have the chance to write their own stories now".

Wayne Rooney believes "this could be the year" that England end a 52-year wait to win the World Cup again.

"They have an important match, we have an important match and we have to see how that all plays out". Add Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle at Italia 90, Paul Ince and David Batty at France 98, David Beckham and Darius Vassell at Euro 2004, the misses of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher at the 2006 World Cup and the Euro 2012 aberrations of Ashley Young and Ashley Cole.

We've been playing very well, there has been a lot of positives but at the same time there are still things to work on and we know that as players.

Although they were unbeaten in their qualifying campaign, Wembley Stadium was never full for a game and on several occasion the players were booed by their fans.

"We don't need to change too much".

Normally known as the Golden Fleece, the pub, in the Manor Park area of the capital, has changed its name and will give away a free beer to guests who say "football's coming home" when Kane scores.

St Petersburg Arena, St PetersburgThat St Petersburg Stadium is the most lovely stadium I've worked in- aesthetic wise.

"I think they're a great side".

Kane and England's new generation impress Granqvist