GK: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford has come under extreme criticism from the English media recently, however, he is Englands number one and his performance against Columbia spoke a lot about his character and his capabilities and is certainly one to watch out for come the quarterfinals.
CB: John Stones
Stones has been England’s best defender this year at the World cup and is probably the best centre back on the show. He scored goals against Panama and was solid at the back, in short everything England needed. The last match he was yet again solid at the back and they conceded only in the last minute.
CB: Andreas Granqvist
The Swedish skipper has been a rock at the back and a true leader for his team, leading by example. The dynamic central defender has epitomized, what his team is all about. Tough, focused and committed.
Trippier has been probably the best wing back in the competition and had created the most chances until he was rested last time out. He is key to England attacking prowess going down the right flank and will play a key role in their world cup journey as he showed yet again on his return to the team against Columbia.
LB: Ashley Young
Ashley Young has done reasonably well for the Three Lions down the left wing and his experience and attacking ability earns him a place in this team.
DM: Jordan Henderson
Apart from being in terrific form for his country, Henderson has also been extremely vocal and put in hard shifts in the centre of the park, pulling the strings for the three lions.
CM: Jese Lingard
After yet another tireless performance against Columbia, Jese will be pumped and ready to face Sweden in the quarters. He has been the pioneers of the new look England with his superb passing ability and quick one-touch play. He is an important member of the England squad and will be vital to their World Cup hopes.
Their star man hasn’t shown up at the World cup yet. There is no question of his ability but yet hasn’t shown his true colors fo the Swedish as yet.
With his precise passing and his capability to read the game extremely well, he can cause England some major problems come Saturday.
LM: Raheem Sterling
Sterling hasn’t looked at his best in Russia as of yet but there is no question of his abilities after he had a stellar season with English champions Manchester City. His pace and skills can threaten any defence in the world and Columbia will have to be wary because if he finds his feet early in the game, they will really need to rally hard to keep him at bay.
The man who replaces Zlatan in the Swedish team has not had the best of World Cups as yet. He has squandered numerous chances in the last two games and will be looking to make up for his mistakes by converting the minimal chances that he will get against the English.
ST: Harry Kane
Was it even in doubt? The man needs no introduction. The best striker in the world in my opinion and England’s hope. Harry Kane is already leading the race for the golden boot playing one game less than the rest. He scored a hattrick in their 6 – 1 drubbing of Panama and a brace in their 2 – 1 win over Tunisia and adding another against Columbia in the quarterfinals. The English team are centered around his goal-scoring prowess and will look to their captain to lead them from the front and take them all the way.