Larsson hoping to open new Sweden home with England victory

The Sunderland midfielder is aiming to mark his 50th international appearance in the new Friends Arena with a win against Roy Hodgson's side on Wednesday evening
Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is hoping to mark the opening of his country's new national stadium with a win over England.

The multi-purpose, 50,000-capacity Friends Arena, the largest stadium built in a Nordic country, will replace the Rasunda Stadium as the Swedes' home and Larsson, who is expected to earn his 50th international cap against the Three Lions, believes that a win is vital to building confidence and creating a fortress.

"It's absolutely fantastic for Swedish football to be playing in these facilities," the Sunderland star told the Shields Gazette.

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"Hopefully it will help us in the long-term. By moving from the Rasunda, it should give the national team a better chance.

"Once we start to win games there, we should be able to get some confidence from that and that makes the match tonight important to us because we want to start getting a good feeling about the place for the future."

There have been a number of notable withdrawals from the England squad, such as Wayne Rooney, while Roy Hodgson is set to hand out several debuts, but Larsson is focussing only on his own side.

"To be honest, I have not had too much of an eye on how England are looking at this game," the dead-ball specialist added.

"It's nothing unusual for them to have withdrawals from the squad for friendlies.

"But, for us, this is a very important game."