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  • 15 November 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
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England - Sweden Preview: Fabio Capello's men look to build on famous win against Spain

The Three Lions go in to the game full of confidence after Saturday's surprise triumph over the world champions, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. will likely provide a stern test


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ENGLAND

Hart
Walker, Terry, Cahill, Baines
Parker, Rodwell, Lampard
Downing, Zamora, A Johnson

SWEDEN

Wiland
Mellberg, Safari, Olsson, Lustig
Bajrami, Svensson, Kallstrom, Larsson
Ibrahimovic, Elmander


Daniel Sturridge will start on the bench on Tuesday, whilst Kyle Walker is expected to make his first start in an England shirt in place of Glen Johnson at right-back. John Terry will regain the armband when he returns to the centre of defence alongside Gary Cahill, and Bobby Zamora is expected to lead the line up front in place of Darren Bent. Fabio Capello has confirmed that he will make eight changes to the team that beat Spain.

Sweden are expected to name an unchanged side after their weekend defeat to Denmark. Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was highly critical of his side's showing on Friday night, is expected to retain his place up front alongisde former Bolton forward Johan Elmander.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • England and Sweden have played each other 21 times, with both managing six victories each.
  • The two sides have not met at Wembley since 1988, when they drew 0-0.
  • Captain John Terry (pictured right) played in both of England’s last two meetings with Sweden – a 1-0 friendly defeat in 2004, and a 2-2 draw during the group stages of World Cup 2006.
  • Aside from the 1-0 Sweden victory in 2004, all of the last five matches between the sides have ended in a draw.
  • More than a quarter of Sweden’s goals in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign have been scored in the final 15 minutes of their matches.
  • At the same time, in friendly matches this season, England have failed to score at all beyond the 75th minute.
  • Sweden have only lost three of their last 13 away matches – the latest a 2-0 defeat to Denmark on Friday.
  • England, meanwhile, have managed just four wins in their last 10 matches on home soil, with Saturday’s victory over Spain only their second home win in a year.
  • Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the top scorers in Euro 2012 qualifying for their respective nations – have failed to find the net in this year’s friendly matches.
  • England and Sweden’s record goalscorers are Bobby Charlton and Sven Rydell, both of whom managed 49 international goals. Rydell has the superior strike ratio, however: he played just 43 times for Sweden, whilst Charlton scored his tally in 109 games for the Three Lions.
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Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 36
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 0 0
Having impressed for an inconsistent Chelsea side so far this season, the striker has earned the right to prove his mettle on the international stage. His pace could be a problem to some of Sweden’s defenders, especially the likes of the ageing Olof Mellberg, and he possesses enough potency in his left foot to pose a real threat to the visitors’ goal.

With the Euro 2012 finals drawing ever closer, this could be an ideal time for the youngster to stake a claim for Capello’s future plans.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
He had some harsh words to say about his team’s performance in their weekend loss to Denmark, but the temperamental AC Milan striker will be the biggest threat to England’s changed backline on Tuesday. He bagged five goals in Sweden’s successful Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, and has been in fine form for his club so far this season. If he is in the right frame of mind, he could be the man to produce a piece of magic for the visitors at Wembley.
Prediction
England's confidence got a well-needed boost after their surprise win over Spain on Saturday, and Capello will be hoping that the players brought in to the starting lineup on Tuesday will display the same character as those who featured against the World Champions. Sweden will be no pushovers, especially as they look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Denmark on Friday, but expect this latest new-look England to edge the encounter.
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