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Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 14.02CET
Sweden and England produced a semi-final epic when they last met in the Under-21 EURO in 2009 and they face each other again in Olomouc in their second Group B fixture.
Sweden v England background
Sweden's Guillermo Molins misses the decisive penalty in the 2009 semi-final ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

SwedenEngland

Goals scored7
 
2
Total attempts46
 
56
on target20
 
13
off target22
 
29
blocked4
 
14
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners12
 
19
Offsides7
 
9
Yellow cards8
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed70
 
35
Fouls suffered49
 
32
Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 14.02CET

Sweden v England background

Sweden and England produced a semi-final epic when they last met in the Under-21 EURO in 2009 and they face each other again in Olomouc in their second Group B fixture.

Memories will be stirred of an epic semi-final when Sweden and England meet in the second round of matches in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B.

• Sweden already have three points after an opening 2-1 win over Italy on Thursday while England are looking to get off the mark after losing 1-0 to Portugal. 

• The four semi-finalists in the Czech Republic will qualify for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Should England reach the last four, the two third-placed teams will contest a play-off on 28 June to take their place.

Previous meetings
• This is the sides' sixth competitive U21 meeting but only their second in the final tournament, six years after the first.

• In the 2009 semi-finals, hosts Sweden rallied from three goals down at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Martin Cranie (1), Nedum Onouha (27) and a Mattias Bjärsmyr own goal (38) put Stuart Pearce's England in control. A Sweden side coached by Tommy Söderberg and Jörgen Lennartsson were revived by Marcus Berg's 68th-minute strike, however, further goals from Ola Toivonen (75) and Berg again (81) taking the match into extra time.

• England lost substitute Fraizer Campbell to a red card in the first additional period but held on to prevail 5-4 on penalties. Both sides missed their first spot kick, through James Milner and Berg respectively, but the next nine were all successful – Joe Hart, Lee Cattermole, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs scoring for England, Sweden's Rasmus Elm, Bjärsmyr, Mikael Lustig and Rasmus Bengtsson doing likewise. Guillermo Molins then hit the post with Sweden's sixth attempt.

• The teams on 26 June 2009 were:
England: Hart, Cranie, Onuoha, Richards, Gibbs, Cattermole, Muamba (Johnson 116), Milner, Noble (Rodwell 70), Walcott, Agbonlahor (Campbell 60).
Sweden: Dahlin, Lustig, Bjärsmyr, Bengtsson, Johansson (Söder 75), Landgren (Harbuzi 46), Elm, Svensson, Olsson (Molins 46), Toivonen, Berg.

• England went on to lose 4-0 to Germany in the final.

• The sides' first meetings came in qualifying for the 1990 finals, a 1-1 draw in Coventry preceding Sweden's 1-0 win in Uppsala – their sole competitive victory against England. Sweden finished top of the group to progress to the quarter-finals at England's expense, and beat Czechoslovakia 6-1 on aggregate in the last eight before a 3-1 loss over two games against the Soviet Union.

• England had the better of it in qualifying for the 2000 finals, Jamie Carragher and Frank Lampard securing a 2-0 win in Sundsvall on 4 September 1998 before Carl Cort scored two goals and Richard Cresswell one in a 3-0 success in Huddersfield on 4 June 1999.

Match background
• This is Sweden's first appearance since they bowed out in the semis in 2009.

• Sweden also reached the last four in 1990 and finished fourth in 2004. They were runners-up in 1992, losing the two-legged final 2-1 to Italy.

• England are in their fifth straight finals; they failed to get out of the group stage in 2011 and 2013, having been semi-finalists in 2007 and runners-up two years later.

• Champions in 1982 and 1984, England have reached four further semi-finals and also qualified for the final tournament in 2000 and 2002.

Coach profiles
Sweden: Håkan Ericson
Born 29/05/1960
The son of Georg Ericson, Sweden coach from 1970–79, Håkan Ericson took charge of the U21s in November 2010. Formerly at the helm of Norrköping, he moved into the dugout in 1983 after a knee injury cut short his career when he was 21.

England: Gareth Southgate
Born 03/09/1970
Appointed before the start of the 2013–15 campaign, Southgate signed a 12-month contract extension in January running until summer 2017. In 2006, aged 35, the former England defender had been named Middlesbrough manager, a role he left in October 2009 following their relegation from the Premier League.

Form guide
Sweden
Last five games (most recent first): WDWWD
Qualifying top scorer: Isaac Kiese Thelin, John Guidetti (4)

England
Last five games (most recent first): LWWWL
Qualifying top scorer: Saido Berahino (10)

Sweden latest
• The players involved in the victory over Italy recovered the following day with a session in a gym near the team hotel while those who did not play trained for an hour as normal.

• The squad marked Friday's Swedish Midsummer celebrations with pickled herring and strawberry cake in their hotel, and had the opportunity to spend time with their families and girlfriends.

• Striker Isaac Kiese Thelin sat out training on Saturday and coach Håkan Ericson admitted that his ongoing heel problem had caused him some discomfort during the Italy game. "He had some pain around the 75-80 minute mark, but he is positive for himself and our medical team is positive," he said.

• Filip Helander, Oscar Hiljemark and Guidetti were booked on matchday one and will be suspended if they receive another yellow card against England.

• Hiljemark said the Swedes' response to going a goal down and a man down against Italy summed up the mentality within the squad. "When results are against us, this group is made for those situations, we love it. It makes everybody work even harder."

England latest
• Southgate's squad suffered no injuries in the loss to Portugal but reserve goalkeeper Jonathan Bond rolled a foot in training on Friday, meaning he is unavailable for selection against Sweden.

• Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe arrived in Olomouc on Friday to replace the injured Berahino. Berahino's no18 shirt was hanging in the team's dressing room before the Portugal game but Afobe will now take that number for himself.

• Ben Gibson and Carl Jenkinson were booked on matchday one and will be suspended if they receive another yellow card against Sweden.

• Striker Harry Kane insisted that "no one is panicking" in the England camp, despite their opening defeat. "It was a tight game and they got the rub of the green, got the goal. We still know what we have to do. We said going into the tournament that we'd probably have to win two games to get out of the group and that's still the case."

Last updated: 20/06/15 22.01CET

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