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England’s World Cup Diary – Thursday, July 5

By July 5, 2018No Comments

England stepped up preparations for Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden with a behind-closed-doors training session on Thursday.

The Three Lions had spent Wednesday recuperating after Tuesday night’s ill-tempered penalty shootout win against Colombia.

But Gareth Southgate told a press conference England’s focus has quickly shifted to their last-eight showdown with Sweden in Samara.

Jamie Vardy was the only squad member who did not take part in training after having an injection to treat a groin injury sustained against Colombia.

After training, some of England’s players enjoyed the media centre’s facilities at Repino, which include a bowling alley, darts board and pool table.

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Jack Butland, left, and Jordan Henderson turn on the style as some England players went bowling after training at Repino (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Southgate and captain Harry Kane are scheduled to attend a press conference at the Samara Arena at 4.15pm (BST)

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Joe Cole celebrates his spectacular opening goal for England against Sweden in Cologne at the 2006 World Cup (Martin Rickett/PA)

England drew 2-2 with Sweden to top Group B and secure a last-16 clash with Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Joe Cole’s stunning 35-yard effort was cancelled out by Marcus Allback’s header and Sweden equalised again through Henrik Larsson in stoppage time after Steven Gerrard had headed England into an 85th-minute lead.