England v Sweden: Match Preview


England v Sweden
Wembley Stadium
Tuesday 15 November 2011, 20:00
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Fabio Capello has confirmed he will ring the changes with up to nine players who started against Spain set to make way for tonight's game against Sweden.

England will be without Danny Welbeck, who returned to Manchester United earlier today with a muscle strain, which could pave the way for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to start upfront with Fulham's Bobby Zamora.

Meanwhile, Everton's Jack Rodwell and Tottenham's Kyle Walker, who both came on as second-half substitutes against Spain are set to make their first starts for the senior side.

John Terry will return to captain the side, and is set to line up alongside Bolton defender Gary Cahill at the heart of England's defence. Leighton Baines will also come into the side to complete the new-look back line, with Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott dropping to the bench.

Joe Hart and Theo Walcott are the two players set to keep their places in the team, with Gareth Barry and Stewart Downing also set to start.

Form is key for Capello

Fabio Capello has revealed that the England squad picked for next summer's Euro 2012, will largely be made up of players who are in the best shape at the end of the season.

The form of several youngsters in the early part of the 2011-12 campaign has encouraged the Italian tactician, but the Three Lions boss is also mindful that certain players were jaded at the 2010 World Cup, following a long domestic season.

"Some players are good at this moment of the season," said Capello. "But they will be tired at the end of the season and not at the top [of their game].

"During the period we stay together before the Euros I will have time to decide to see which players will be at the top.

"We play two games before we leave for Poland. We will understand which players will be the best."

England's preparations for next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine started with an impressive 1-0 victory over reigning World and European champions Spain - a game that is followed up with another friendly against Sweden tonight.

A fixture has also been arranged against Holland in February, and England are also expected to play two further friendlies in the build up to the competition.

"We need to choose the best players," he continued. "We've got another game to play against Holland but I need to choose the players when we will start the preparations for the Euros.

"I think these players have got time to improve in that period between now and May. After, I will choose. Probably some players who are in a good moment now, will be so-so then.

"But the experience for these players to play at Wembley against Spain, Sweden and also against Holland will be important."

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