World Cup 2018: Sweden evacuate team hotel after false fire alarm

first_imgSweden players had the worst start to their day ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with England as a false fire alarm forced them to leave their hotel rooms in Samara.The Swedish players were roused from their slumbers and moved out of their rooms at 8:30 local time, but luckily it turned out to be a false alarm and they could go back to recharging their batteries ahead of their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994.”It was just after half past eight this morning, a false alarm. All the players are feeling fine,” Sweden press officer Staffan Stjernholm told website Fotbollskanalen ( Cup 2018: Sweden stand in the way as England aim to reach semisAccording to the hotel management, the alarm went off due someone smoking in their room or someone hitting a fire alarm switch.The Swedes had plenty of time for a nap before they take on England at 1700 local time (19:30 IST).Sweden have endured quite a successful campaign so far and would want to repeat it against England.The highlight of Sweden’s campaign so far was beating Mexico 3-0 to top its group, and Janne Andersson’s side then won a tight contest with Switzerland in the last 16.World Cup 2018: Southgate wants England to make most of golden opportunitySweden have, of course, enjoyed some memorable World Cup campaigns in the past — reaching the final on home soil in 1958 where they lost to Brazil and then the semi-finals in 1994 where again the South Americans ended their dreams.advertisementSwedish captain Andreas Granqvist isn’t worried about England enjoying the greater possession and expects his team to stick to their tried and tested approach.”If you look at the games we have played, the opponent has had more ball possession than we have, but we have created more chances, more dangerous chances,” Granqvist said.”This is how we play, this is what we need to do, this is our strength, and we also need to see our quality against other strong teams. This is the way for us to have success, and we’re going to continue this way”.`The last time the Sweden and England met in a competitive fixture was at the European Championship in 2012, when Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-2 thanks to a Danny Welbeck winner.Overall from 24 meetings, England have won eight to Sweden’s seven, with nine games ending in a draw.last_img

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