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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, said he believed England have a “golden chance” to reach the World Cup final for the first time in more than 50 years. Gareth Southgate’s team face a quarterfinal against Sweden on Saturday before a possible semifinal meeting with either Croatia or Russia. And with Germany and Spain absent from their side of the draw, Mourinho believes England could get to their first final since 1966.


“For many years England is not reaching this stage of the competition, so being in the quarterfinals, playing against Sweden, having for the semifinal the winner of Russia versus Croatia, I would say England has a golden chance to be in the World Cup final,” he said. England’s first penalty shootout victory in the World Cup saw them through against Colombia, but Mourinho was quick to point out that there is room for improvement against Sweden.


“By the English point of view it depends on the way you look at it,” he added. “If the most important point of view is the result, if the most important thing is to win, if the most important thing is to be in the quarterfinals, then great, job done, people are happy. “If you focus on the quality of the game, if you focus on the dominancy, then you are not so happy.”


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