Granqvist: Sweden can beat anyone

Emil Forsberg booked Sweden a first World Cup quarterfinal place since 1994 and captain Andreas Granqvist feels they can match all-comers.

Andreas Granqvist celebrates after Sweden made into the quarters after beating Switzerland 1-0.   -  Getty Images

Sweden fear no one in the World Cup according to captain Andreas Granqvist after progressing to its first quarterfinal since USA 1994.

Emil Forsberg's deflected strike midway through the second half was enough to settle a drab encounter in St Petersburg and set up a clash with either England or Colombia in Samara this weekend.

Granqvist insists he will still be around for that one, despite the fact his wife Sophie was due to give birth to their second child on Tuesday but has not yet done so.

Read: Sweden edges past Switzerland, enters quarterfinals

"Switzerland are very strong," the 33-year-old centre-back said. "They're number six in the world. We had a good game plan. We played well, we created a lot of chances to win.

"Certainly we had more chances than them. I'm very proud of this team and I'm looking forward to the quarterfinals.

"We have a good team, we're strong. I think we can beat everyone. We need to play the same level as today and then we will see who we play."

RB Leipzig attacker Forsberg is viewed as the next potential superstar of Swedish football following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure from the international stage.

But Granqvist insists the main strength of this side under the shrewd leadership of Janne Andersson lies in their collective spirit.

"When (Andersson) came in we lost a lot of big names," he said. "We had to start from the beginning and from the first days we had to do it as a team. Not two, three or four players.

"We need everyone – 23 players. We worked really hard. We showed out there that we really fight for each other, we help each other and we do this as a collective.

"This is the strength of Sweden at the moment. Also we have good players, skilful player. I am very happy."

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