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LUSTIG HOPES FOR SCOTS’ BACKING

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BANNED Mikael Lustig is hoping Sweden get the backing from Scottish fans when they take on England in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

The 31-year-old right-back picked up his second booking of the tournament in the 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday and is now automatically suspended for the clash with Gareth Southgate’s team who reached the last eight with a 4-3 penalty-kick shoot-out win over Colombia.

Lustig said: “It’s unreal. Quarter-finals in the World Cup is obviously a massive thing for us. I’ve been receiving a lot of support from Scotland and, hopefully, I will see a lot of Scottish people in Samara.

”I’m lucky to have very strong support from Scotland. A few of the boys have been in contact already. We have a couple of WhatsApp groups and the manager as well, so I’m absolutely feeling it.

“I haven’t seen pre-season games, but, of course, I know the scores. Celtic are still my family and I’m following them from here. I’ve always been happy there.”

He added: “It’s mixed feelings to miss this one. But, hopefully, the guys are going to let me play in the semi-final.”

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