Early wake-up call for Sweden ahead of crunch World Cup clash

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England’s World Cup quarter-final opponents Sweden had a surprise early wake-up call when a fire alarm went off at their luxury hotel early in the morning.

Hours before the Scandinavian side faced their biggest game since 1994, they were forced to evacuate their rooms at the five-star Lotte Hotel, in central Samara, at around 8am.

One England fan, who is staying at the hotel and asked not to be named, said he saw the players standing outside the along with football fans.

The Swedish stars, including midfielder Seb Larsson, were said to be looking tired in the lobby after the false alarm.

England fan Terry Comitti, from Romford, Essex, told the Daily Mail: “They were not happy and that wouldn’t be a surprise when they were supposed to be getting their beauty sleep before what is probably the biggest game of their lives.”

Hours after the incident, a member of hotel staff, who did not want to be named, said: “Everything is OK, the guests are safely in their rooms or the lobby.”

Not the ideal preparation for the Swedes, who have surprised many by reaching the quarter-finals in Russia.

After being drawn with Mexico, Germany and South Korea in the group stages, Sweden weren't expected to get out of their group. 

However, after beating South Korea and Mexico, they eventually topped their group, finishing ahead of Mexico who finished second, eliminating Germany in the process.

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A last-16 tie with Switzerland awaited Sweden, and despite being considered minor underdogs, a deflected Emil Forsberg shot gave Janne Andersson's side the win.

As for England, they've beaten Tunisia and Panama in the group stage, and Colombia in the last-16 to reach their first quarter-final in 12 years.

After forgettable World Cups in 2010 and 2014, with the last one lasting just three games, all of England are feeling rather hopeful that football is 'coming home' in 2018.

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