England's starting line-up from last match v Sweden was really quite bad

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It’s World Cup quarter-final time folks, and England are still in the running.

Harry Kane’s team snuck into the last eight with a dramatic penalty shootout win over a belligerent Colombian side who were willing to go to any lengths to beat the English.

However, the Three Lions scraped through and took another step towards bringing football home.

After a grueling 120 minutes, Gareth Southgate's men will take on a Sweden side that continues to exceed expectations and will be quietly confident of causing a big upset.

For England, this represents possibly the best opportunity they have had since 1966 to march onto the final of the global showpiece and claim ultimate glory.

Worryingly, history doesn’t bode well for England in this fixture, with the Swedes proving to be somewhat of a bogey team down the years.

In the seven matches the two sides have contested since the turn of the millennium, England have won two, Sweden two and the rest have been drawn.

For Sweden that makes pretty good reading, but it needs to be put into context slightly.

The last time the two sides met was back in 2014 when a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic tore the English to shreds as Sweden ran out 4-2 winners.


However, once you see the line-up that then manager Roy Hodgson put out it becomes a wonder that Ibrahimovic didn’t help himself to more.

There were some truly random names that pulled on the famous white shirt that night, and it almost beggars belief that they somehow managed to secure a spot in an international fixture.

England Starting XI

Joe Hart

The former Manchester City stopper was nothing more than decent in his day and got caught out embarrassingly by a Zlatan wonder goal on the night.

Glen Johnson

Johnson and the term ‘world class’ were never great friends were they?

Steven Caulker

Considering the fact that the big center-back is better known for his cameo as a Liverpool striker we probably don’t need to say anything else.


Gary Cahill

The first member of this nightmare lineup still playing for England today.

Leighton Baines

Baines was going through a real purple patch in his career at the time, but it lasted about a season and then he went full Glen Johnson again.

Tom Cleverly

Excuse me, what?

Steven Gerrard (c)

The Liverpool legend never managed to replicate his domestic form on the international stage, but that might have something to do with the rag-tag bunch around him.

Leon Osman

It just gets worse and worse doesn’t it?

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Ashley Young

Young spent a long time out of the England side, but now he find’s himself back in the starting line-up and will probably start the quarter-final today.

Raheem Sterling

Another player likely to start against Sweden today, Sterling was just finding his international feet back in 2012 and can hardly be blamed for England’s thrashing.

Danny Welbeck

The less said about Danny Welbeck the better - although he did manage a goal on the night. A rare sight indeed.


Other notable members of the squad included the likes of Wilfried Zaha - who now plays for the Ivory Coast - Tom Huddlestone, Ryan Shawcross and Carl Jenkinson.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough to suggest this was a dark time for English football - John Ruddy was the reserve keeper.

Fortunately, Gareth Southgate has a far stronger group to call upon today and England will be more than confident of booking their spot in the last four.

We don’t even ask anymore - it’s coming home.

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