Sweden evacuates team hotel after false alarm

The Swedish players were roused from their slumbers and moved out of their rooms, but luckily it turned out to be a false alarm.

Sweden takes on England in the third quarterfinal of the World Cup on Saturday.   -  AFP

Sweden's players suffered a rude awakening ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal clash with England when the fire alarm went off at their hotel in Samara on Saturday morning, leading it to be evacuated.

The Swedish players were roused from their slumbers and moved out of their rooms, but luckily it turned out to be a false alarm and they could go back to recharging their batteries ahead of their first World Cup quarterfinal since 1994.

“It was just after half past eight this morning, a false alarm. All the players are feeling fine,” Sweden press officer Staffan Stjernholm told website Fotbollskanalen (www.fotbollskanalen.se).

The Swedes have plenty of time for a nap before they take on England at 1700 local time (1400 GMT), with host Russia facing Croatia later in the evening in Sochi.

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