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England seal slender Sweden success

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 22.47CET
England 1-0 Sweden
A deflected header from Gareth Barry earned England their second friendly victory in three days against a fellow UEFA EURO 2012 finalist.
by Wayne Harrison
from Wembley

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Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 22.47CET

England seal slender Sweden success

England 1-0 Sweden
A deflected header from Gareth Barry earned England their second friendly victory in three days against a fellow UEFA EURO 2012 finalist.

An experimental England team stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with a narrow victory against Sweden.

A deflected header from Gareth Barry midway through the first half separated these two UEFA EURO 2012 finalists on a chilly night at Wembley. Coming three days after England beat Spain, the success caps a fine end to the year for Fabio Capello's side. Sweden, however, have concluded 2011 with back-to-back losses, following up defeat by Denmark with this first reverse against England in 43 years.

The pace of Theo Walcott caused Sweden all manner of problems, and after one early dribble, a neat exchange with Bobby Zamora − one of eight changes to the XI which started against Spain − led to the latter stabbing into the side netting.

Kyle Walker, Zamora and Jack Rodwell were making their first international starts but it was an established name who helped open the scoring, Barry unwittingly glancing Stewart Downing's left-wing delivery off Daniel Majstorovic and across Andreas Isaksson for goal number 2,000 in England's history.

Save for a Rasmus Elm corner which Joe Hart palmed from beneath the crossbar and a late volley from Christian Wilhelmsson, Sweden seldom caused the hosts consternation. England, on the other hand, should have added to their lot.

The left side was proving a fruitful avenue and after Rodwell hooked wide a chip from Everton FC club-mate Leighton Baines, the same player headed Downing's cross against the outside of a post. In between times, Phil Jones stabbed wide with just Isaksson to beat.

Exuding confidence, Rodwell chanced his arm twice in quick succession after the restart. The introduction of Ola Toivonen and Wilhelmsson offered Erik Hamrén's men greater purpose but too often their final ball or shot failed to find its intended target.

The hosts, in contrast, were vibrant for long spells. The introduction of Daniel Sturridge for his England debut, combined with promising displays from Jones, Rodwell and Walker, merely added to the feel-good factor.

England: Hart (Carson 46); Walker, Cahill, Terry, Baines; Downing, Rodwell (Milner 57), Jones, Barry, Walcott (Sturridge 57); Zamora (Bent 70).

Sweden: Isaksson; Lustig (Wilhelmsson 54), Mellberg, Majstorovic, M Olsson; Larsson, Källström (Svensson 70), Wernbloom (J Olsson 46), Elm (Bajrami 87); Ibrahimović (Toivonen 46), Elmander.

 
Last updated: 10/12/12 0.30CET

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Lineups

England

England

Sweden

Sweden

HartJoe Hart (GK)
Substitution46
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
TerryJohn Terry
MellbergOlof Mellberg
Substitution46
BainesLeighton Baines
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
CahillGary Cahill
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
WalkerKyle Walker
LustigMikael Lustig
Substitution55
JonesPhil Jones
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution70
DowningStewart Downing
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
BarryGareth Barry
Goal22
ElmRasmus Elm
Substitution87
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution58
LarssonSebastian Larsson
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution58
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution46
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Substitution70
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Yellow Card35

Substitutes

CarsonScott Carson (GK)
Substitution46
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution46
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution58
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
Substitution46
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution58
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution55
BentDarren Bent
Substitution70
SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution70
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution87

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Pavel Kralovec (CZE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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