Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is gearing up to face England in the World Cup quarter-finals, after Sweden edged out Switzerland by a goal to nil on Tuesday.
The Blagult squeezed past their opponents in the day's early kick off thanks to a deflected strike from RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg, and now find themselves faced with the prospect of taking on England, who are buoyed by coming through their first penalty shootout at a World Cup finals.
Sweden have been quietly impressive so far in Russia, but produced arguably their worst performance against Switzerland and will need to step it up against the Three Lions if they are to advance to the semi-final.
One Swede who plays his football in England is Jansson, who has had to make do with a bit-part role in Russia so far, with Andreas Granqvist and Victor Lindelof the number one pairing for manager Janne Anderson.
The Leeds centre-back has only featured in one game so far, which was the opener against South Korea, but could well make an appearance on Saturday if Granqvist or Lindelof need resting or are struck down with injury, which admittedly is unlikely.
The 27-year-old was solid against South Korea in the first game and, if Sweden find themselves defending a lead, he could well be brought on in the second half by Anderson.
Jansson is a popular figure with fans of his club Leeds, who have taken to Twitter to jokingly discuss the rather conflicting situation of defender versus country at the weekend:
If Pontus Jansson scores a last minute header v England, what would you do #LUFC?— mature stalbino (@LewisAStalgis) 4 July 2018
Start singing the Pontus jansson song— Joseph Butterfield (@joelufc20) 4 July 2018
Hope he stays on the bench for this one— ⚽️ChatLUFC⚽️ (@ChatLUFC) 4 July 2018
Just one massive obstacle now for England....Pontus Jansson— Joey Morton (@joeymorton17) 3 July 2018
He’s unlikely to play. So it’s come on England and then “sack Sweden manager for not playing Pontus”. Win win.— Joshua Sugarman (@TheJSug) 3 July 2018