A new survey, commissioned by Swedish Radio's sports department and conducted by the Sifo polling institute, shows that Swedish football fans have a thing for English footie.
"It's fair to say that Swedes have a special relationship to English football. We want them to succeed but it's also the team that we want to beat most of all," Swedish Radio's football expert Richard Henriksson told Radio Sweden.
However, Henriksson doubts England rates - or even cares about - Sweden as much. "There is a kind of little brother dynamic at play here," he said of Swedes’ admiration of English football.
As for the Irish, whom Sweden will be up against on Monday, Henriksson said Swedes do not have much faith in the team going far in France and they do not really support the team, either. However, 10 per cent of survey respondents said they think Ireland has the best supporters in the tournament.
In Swedish Radio’s parallel, anonymous survey of 40 journalists who are covering the Euro 2016 tournament, Irish fans were ranked top. A total 40 per cent of reporters said they think Ireland has the best supporters out of all teams playing in France.