Patriotism abounds today in England, I myself sitting for once in an England shirt too.

England flags are appearing thick and fast, from bedrooms, on cars, on trucks, flying from trees, in pubs and naturally on hotels!

The nation obviously hopes to win, as does Sweden!

Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged starting XI for the crunch World Cup quarter-final with Sweden.

The Three Lions take on the Swedes in Samara for a spot in Wednesday night’s semi-final against either hosts Russia or Croatia.

England had doubts over Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy ahead of the game, with the Leicester City striker unable to play a full part in Friday’s training session.

Young starts having overcome his problem.

Vardy sustained a groin strain during the last-16 penalty shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday, a problem that required an injection, and he was only able to join in with the warm-up for Friday morning’s training session in Zelenogorsk.

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He takes his place on the bench – although it remains to be seen what level of involvement he actually plays.

The Nation scarcely sees such patriotism (I kind that even I can bear) its almost up to the hysteria of the Falklands (the highest point) or a game between England v Germany, but this is no ordinary Ikea opponent, rather they saw off Italy and Holland (so not to be underestimated), for sure they will play defensively.

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Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. He was recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army started up as Soviet blogger 'Maaxmann', later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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