Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England

His lucky charm! Swedish captain welcomes a baby girl a DAY before facing England in the World Cup quarter final – but misses the birth after his ‘strong’ wife urged him to stay in Russia

  • Andreas Granqvist’s second daughter Mika was born at 12.26 AM today 
  • Swedish captain didn’t fly home for birth so as not to miss quarter final
  • Took to Instagram to say he was proud of his wife Sofie, who insisted he stay 
  • Baby was born at  Helsingborgs hospital three hours after Sofie was admitted

Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist had a new lucky charm ahead of Saturday’s match in the form of a baby daughter, born in the early hours of this morning. 

The defensive juggernaut, 33, who has been his side’s standout performer announced the happy news of baby Mika’s arrival on Instagram, saying: ‘So happy and proud of my wife. Both are healthy and well.’ 

His wife Sofie also posted a snap of herself and the newborn who was born at 12.26 AM with the caption: ‘And she arrived and made our life complete, baby Mika.’

However, Andreas was not at his wife’s Sofie’s side for the birth after she urged him to remain in Russia with the team so that he wouldn’t miss tomorrow’s quarter final match against England. 

‘I’m planning to stay,’ he said earlier this week. ‘My wife is a very strong person and we knew the situation before I came here. Nothing has happened so far.

‘If I have the position to fly home quickly then I may do that. But, whatever happens, I do not miss the quarter-final.’

Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist’s second daughter Mika was born in the early hours of this morning

Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist missed the birth of his second child after his wife urged him to remain in Russia 

Sofie has been married to former Wigan defender Andreas for three years and the couple share a daughter Nova, four. 

Her father-in-law Tommy Granqvist told Sportbladet that she went into Helsingborgs hospital at 9 PM on Thursday night and the baby had arrived a few hours later. 

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‘Everything has gone well. I’m proud grandfather,’ he said. 

Like Harry Kane’s fiance, Katie Goodland who is also expecting, Sofia has remained home in Sweden during the World Cup.

The footballer shared this snap of the new arrival on Instgaram saying he was ‘proud’ of his wife Sofie 

Sofie, now a mother-of-two remained at home during the World Cup while awaiting the birth of her second child 

However, she has been keen to show her support from afar sharing snaps of herself in her Sweden strip on Instagram.

After Sweden reached the quarter finals on Tuesday she wrote: ‘Our hero, my husband, Novas dad. Enjoy this, we are waiting here at home until after the final!!!’

Yesterday, she indicated the family was missing Andreas posting a snap of him on Instagram, saying: ‘Vi saknar dej’, which means ‘I miss you’.  

The news comes as Fabian Delph made his return to the England camp following the birth of his third child. 

The couple have been married for three years and are parents to a daughter Nova, as well as newborn baby Mika 

The Manchester City midfielder returned back to the UK to be by his wife’s side last Friday and missed their shoot-out victory over Colombia.

Delph has been a squad player for Gareth Southgate thus far and his absence from the team was not deemed overly detrimental to their chances of beating the South Americans. 

Conversely, Granqvist’s absence would be a major blow for Sweden.

The 33-year-old has been the standout performer for Sweden in their shock march to the last eight in Russia, playing in all four games and scoring two goals including the winner against South Korea. 

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