Speaking before the tournament, FA technical director Dan Ashworth explained: 'There's been a little bit of research done to show that English players are quick to the ball when the whistle goes.
That could mean Uruguay sit back even more than usual and try to contain France, hoping to catch them on the counter attack.
"In life, we always have to believe in what is possible and not be hindered by history or expectations".
Russian Federation 2018's round of 16 came to a dramatic end on Tuesday night, when England defeated Colombia on penalties, and as has been the theme throughout the tournament so far, there was not a single anti-climactic fixture.
Spain went out after losing a penalty shootout to hosts Russian Federation after 120 minutes in which they completed over 1,000 passes - a new World Cup record. "Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference". Yet Oscar Tabarez's side have one of the best defences left in the competition and have conceded just one goal in the tournament. It was a nonstop three-hour roar, as the three lions battled a gritty and resilient Colombia.
WHY RUSSIA WINS: After watching Russia take down a naive and arrogant Spanish team, who's to say Russia can't beat anyone on this side of the bracket? The Croats were one of only two teams to win all their group games but needed a penalty shootout to overcome Denmark on Sunday.
"But I would say at the moment England - nobody speaks about England but they are risky - Brazil or France". What's most notable about the Scandinavians is their insistence that mentality and mindset ultimately are what give them a chance in every game.
They have to sharpen their edge, though, because Sweden are a team that can grind down any opponent if they allow themselves to play into their hands.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli are struggling with a back and thigh injury respectively ahead of England's meeting with Sweden, according to a report. Football might not be "coming home", but it's going one more game after this.
"I saw a monumental theft".