How has Gareth Southgate has changed England?

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He is now predicting an English victory on the weekend - and he's not shy about it.

They will now face Victor Lindelof's Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon for a place in the semi-final against either Russian Federation or Croatia.

"In this tournament we now have to assess all the injuries and see where we are".

"So Kyle had got himself really down, saying, "I might as well pack it in". Ahead of the match on Saturday, HuffPost UK asked people around Birmingham whether they'll be watching the game and crucially, what they think the outcome will be.

"Young and Walker, we've no reason to believe they're serious issues". "But I hope England do well and I hope they best Sweden, who kicked us out".

England have set-pieces, Sweden will make some chances, but the game will come down to luck - the team that makes the most of their luck will win.

There may well be a price to pay in terms of injuries, with concerns over Jamie Vardy (groin), Dele Alli (thigh) and Ashley Young (ankle) in particular, but Southgate was not underestimating how much beating Colombia meant.

'I told him but I said, "I've got to tell you, Noel, he's over-age, he's a year older than the rest of them".

"So, hopefully he's come through it OK".

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"You won't find a better team - Sweden are world champions of team spirit". Let us know in the comments section below.

"But we'll know a bit more tomorrow, really".

"But that will take a good 36 hours".

Fabian Delph's return to the group after the birth of his daughter looks a timely boost at a time when England, the top seeds in their half of the draw, can ill afford complacency to seep in.

Neymar has been the most fouled player in the tournament thus far, with defenses keen on using rough tactics to slow down and, at times, attempt to intimidate the Brazil forward.

"Shoot-outs are tough. We had talked long and hard about owning the process of a shoot-out. So we enjoy but then we go again".

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Colombia vs England - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 3, 2018 England fans celebrate after the match.

England won the ensuing shootout and rivalries were put aside, with Southgate seen putting his arm around upset Colombia players.

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