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THREE LIONS: England face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals...

THREE LIONS: England face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals...

All eyes will be on England this afternoon, as the Three Lions attempt to reach a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Gareth Southgate’s men face Sweden in the last eight (England’s first quarter-final clash since 2006), kicking-off at 3pm UK time and live on BBC One, with four of our Blue stars in contention to feature in Samara.

Should the Three Lions progress, we will have seven players representing City in the last four in Russia – John Stones, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy.

Our Belgian duo eliminated four of their Club teammates on Friday, as De Bruyne bagged a glorious matchwinner in the Red Devils’ superb 2-1 triumph over tournament favourites Brazil, sending Fernandinho, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus and Danilo home.

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Meanwhile, Mendy’s France booked their place in the last four with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Our marauding left-back was an unused substitute in Nizhny Novgorod, as Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann struck to send Les Bleus through.

City’s English quartet are fit and ready for selection ahead of today’s clash, having all gained minutes in the tournament. Stones has played in every game so far and has two goals to his name, following his brace in the thrashing of Panama.

Walker and Sterling were rested for the Group G finale against Belgium, while Fabian Delph missed the thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Colombia, having returned home for the birth of his third child.

The victors of the clash in Samara will discover their semi-final opponents tonight as Russia host Croatia at 7pm UK time. The tournament hosts' encounter is live on ITV.

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Quarter-final fixtures

Saturday

England v Sweden (Samara) 3pm BBC 1

Croatia v Russia (Sochi) 7pm ITV

Semi-final fixtures

Tuesday

France v Belgium (St. Petersburg) 7pm ITV

Wednesday

Croatia/Russia v England/Sweden (Moscow) 7pm BBC One

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