Sweden v England: Match Preview

Published Add your comment

Football News

Roy Hodgson is set to partner Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck up-front as England look to record their first win of Euro 2012.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to drop out, with Ashley Young moving out to the left wing. Hodgson has no fresh injury concerns, although Martin Kelly is still suffering from a virus, so he is not expected to make wholesale changes for what is a must-win match for both sides.

England captain Steven Gerrard and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker will resume their partnership in the middle, and James Milner will continue on the right-flank.

Glen Johnson has overcome a toe infection and will play at right-back, while Wayne Rooney serves out the final game of his suspension. Sweden have been something of a bogey team for England, who are yet to beat their Scandinavian opponents in competitive action despite seven attempts.

The two sides did meet in a friendly last November, and England ran out 1-0 winners after a Gareth Barry header broke the deadlock.

Sweden are likely to bring in West Brom centre-back Jonas Ollsson, with Andreas Granqvist swapping to right-back. Johan Elmander came on as a sub against Ukraine and should be fit enough to start. He could replace Markus Rosenberg, who was removed after an ineffective 60 minutes against Ukraine.

Ibrahimovic the key threat

Roy Hodgson has identified Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the man most likely to trouble England's defence this evening . The AC Milan striker scored against Ukraine, and caused problems throughout the match with clever movement and excellent hold-up play.

Hodgson, who spent time in Sweden as manager of Halmstad and Malmo, praised his opponents tactical discipline before the match.

"They are organised as a result of years of work based on English coaching," said Hodgson. "Their major weapon is Ibrahimovic - he is one of the best strikers in European football."

Sweden coach Erik Hamren is confident his side will produce an improved performance, after he watched his team slump to a 2-1 defeat in their opening game.

"We're not reaching the level we want to and that's my responsibility as a coach," said Hamren. "We didn't show the courage we were supposed to. Only five or six players did. We all need all the players doing that."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Scott Parker
James Milner
Glen Johnson
Danny Welbeck
Ashley Young
Steven Gerrard
Martin Kelly

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again