FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden's Andreas Granqvist says stopping Harry Kane key to stop England

Updated: Jul 07, 2018, 22:47 IST | PA Sport

Sweden skipper Andreas Granqvist insists his side will be looking to restrain Three Lions' skipper and star striker in order to win tonight's quarter-final

FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden's Andreas Granqvist says stopping Harry Kane key to stop England
England's captain Harry Kane during a training session on the eve of their quarter-final clash against Sweden in Repino yesterday. Pic/AFP

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist believes keeping Harry Kane quiet will be the key to beating England. The skipper intends to cut off the supply to the six-goal top scorer in today's World Cup quarter-final against the Three Lions in Samara.

"We have been very strong on set-pieces but this is one of England's strengths as well and they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box," he said. "We need to be very strong in the box and make sure they don't get the service they need. "He is incredibly skilled, not just on penalties, but as a striker — he is good at everything. "It's going to be a very tough match against him but we're going to do everything to stop him."

Andreas Granqvist
Andreas Granqvist

The former Wigan defender became a father for the second time on Thursday night but stayed with the Sweden team. His wife Sofie gave birth to a daughter and Granqvist is now eager to focus on Saturday's game. He added: "I didn't sleep very much last night so I'm glad it's happened now. My wife did a wonderful job and everything went well. It's quite simple, getting a daughter is the most beautiful thing you can get. It's a dream for every player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup. I am looking forward to the match to get the best possible result."

No. of goals England's Harry Kane has scored in three 2018 World Cup matches

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