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Wednesday, 19 October 1988
World Cup 1990 UEFA Group Two Qualification Match

England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Sweden Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 65,628;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST

Results 1985-1990

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Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (-) - G. Biguet
x (-).

Linesmen - C. Bouillet and A. Delmer

Reserve Official - A. Bennett, Sheffield & Hallamshire.

Teams presented to His Grace The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert A.K. Runcie, M.C.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1987 Umbro home uniform - White crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, navy collar and red/navy/white cuffs, navy shorts, with white seams and red trim, white socks with navy/red Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 47th captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 55 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
71st match, W 35 - D 20 - L 16 - F 120 - A 45.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 39 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 102 67 GA
2 Stevens, M. Gary 25 27 March 1963 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 28 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 26 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 7 0
4 Webb, Neil J. 25 30 July 1963 M Nottingham Forest FC 11 2
5 Adams, Tony            
6 Butcher, Terence I. 29 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 56 3
7 Robson, Bryan 31 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 71 22
8 Beardsley, Peter            
9 Waddle, Chris            
10 Lineker, Gary W. 27 30 November 1960 CF Barcelona FC, Spain 36 26
11 Barnes, John            
England Substitutes
15 Walker, Desmond, on 65th min. for Adams            
16 Cottee, Anthony R., on 79th min. for Barnes 23 11 July 1965 F Everton FC 5 0

unused substitutes:

13-Chris Woods, 14-Michael Thomas, 16-Mick Harford.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Sweden Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow v-necked jersey with diagonal shadow stripes and blue Adidas trim/overlapping collar, yellow shorts with blue Adidas trim, yellow socks with blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Glenn Hysen Manager: Olle Nordin
Sweden Lineup
1 Ravelli, Thomas     G     GA
2 Nilsson, Roland            
3 Hysen, Glenn            
4 Larsson, Peter            
5 Ljung, Roger            
6 Thern, Jonas            
7 Stromberg, Glenn            
8 Prytz, Robert            
9 Nilsson, Joachim            
10 Holmqvist, Hans            
11 Pettersson, Stefan            
Sweden Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Sven Anderson, 13-Peter Lonn, 14-Dennis Schiller, 15-Jan Hellstrom, 16-Johnny Ekstrom.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

There was a tame start to England's 1990 World Cup campaign when they  were held to a goalless draw by a Swedish side that came with the main objective of not getting beaten. England's forwards were all out of touch in front of goal, and even a barnstorming display by skipper Bryan Robson failed to give them the key to victory. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton was unemployed for long periods, but proved an unbeatable barrier when the Swedes suddenly stepped up the pace in the second-half  and threatened to dismantle the previously sound England defence. The clamour for Bobby Robson to be sacked was given new impetus. 'In the name of God go!' pleaded one headline, lifting the famous historical quote from Oliver Cromwell.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official Teamsheet
Matchday Programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author