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Sweden are planning to target England's inexperienced back three after openly questioning their skill on the ball and claiming they have not been properly tested in possession during this tournament.

Sweden's 69-year-old scout Tom Prahl is regarded as something of a tactical genius in his homeland following league titles with both Malmo and Halmstads and, after a 40 year managerial career, is now advising the national team and drawing up dossiers on their opponents.

He was asked after Sweden's training session yesterday about England's defence and immediately claimed Gareth Southgate's three centre backs - Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire - were less effective than several other European nations at quickly passing the ball.


"They are not so very skilled when it comes to moving the ball, compared to southern Europe," said Prahl. "They have not been put under that much pressure so far; the opponents have stayed back and let them stand there and pass the ball. So they've been given the opportunity to move it nice and slow. The question is: Will they get problems if we put some pressure on them? And what will happen with our game if we do? We will get the answers during the game."

Although Sweden's two strikers, Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen, have struggled for goals and may lack technical quality, they are extremely industrious and it appears that the plan is to press and defend from the front.

AIK midfielder Sebastian Larsson is again available for Sweden after missing the last 16 win against Switzerland through suspension and there was also more positive news for Albin Ekdal after he completed a full training session following a foot injury.