The last time England played Sweden this happened

first_img Ibrahimovic put on a mesmerising display in the 2012 friendly against England 2 Southgate and Harry Kane speak to the media ahead of the quarter-final clash 2 And in a tournament that has seen some huge shocks, this could be the best opportunity for the current crop of England players to reach a World Cup final.However, standing in their way is a Swedish outfit that have acquitted themselves well in Russia, beating Mexico 3-0 to finish top of Group F which also had reigning champions Germany in it.And to make things a little less encouraging, England do not have the best record against their Scandinavian opponents.The two teams have played each other 25 times altogether – England winning eight times, Sweden coming out on top on seven occasions and they have shared ten draws.It was an international friendly in November 2012 when they last faced each other and the game was all about one man.Ex-Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was well and truly in his element as his stunning four goals inflicted a 4-2 defeat on an England side managed by Roy Hodgson. The final goal was arguably one of the greatest to have ever been scored as he produced a spectacular overhead kick from well outside the box to seal the victory.Below you can see the highlights of the game which shows Ibrahimovic’s wonderful fourth goal in all its glory. Today’s the day. England have the chance to make it to their first World Cup semi-finals since Italia 90 when they take on Sweden in Samara – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 3pm.It’s been a great journey for Gareth Southgate’s men so far but the England boss insists his players are not ready to go home yet.last_img

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