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England set for Sweden experiment

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Capello keen to blood more youngsters. (©GettyImages)
Capello keen to blood more youngsters. (©GettyImages).

England manager Fabio Capello has promised to ring the changes for the friendly clash against Sweden tomorrow night.

The Three Lions prepare to face their Scandinavian rivals after a famous 1-0 win over World and European champions Spain, with stand-in skipper Frank Lampard heading the only goal early in the second-half.

Captain's duties will return to Chelsea teammate John Terry after Capello confirmed the centre back would start on Tuesday, but Daniel Sturridge will be on the bench despite speculation to the contrary over the weekend.

"Sturridge will start on the bench. I have monitored all the young players for a long time," the Italian said in his pre-match press conference.

"I have spoken with Stuart Pearce and the England coaches about him. They told me he is very good. I personally check all these players and I am very happy for their performances, personality and confidence.

"It is difficult to find the players with the confidence they showed against Spain. This time, I will experiment."

Capello is eager to see if these youngsters are up for the Euro 2012 challenge, and those who featured in Saturday's victory against Vicente del Bosque's side certainly passed their first test.

More appearances are set to come their way, starting against the Swede's, although Scott Parker could again feature after special praise was given to the Spurs star.

"If these players improve, they will play the next game against Holland [next February] and that will be a good test," he added.

"If they improve during the season, they will be ready. We have got time and we need to wait for the next part of the season. The young players have got talent.

"Scott has improved and he is always in the first eleven. He is a really good player and I think now he is at a really important team like Tottenham, he is improving."

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