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712 vs. Sweden
Wednesday, 17 June 1992
1992 UEFA European Championship Group one match five/six

Sweden 2 England 1 [0-1]

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
(CEST): 8.15pm 7:15pm BST
Attendance: 30,126

90 minutes x:x & x:x Gary Lineker kicked off  
David Platt 3
Jan Eriksson 51
Tomas Brolin 83
Patrik Anderson
43 8:40
Tony Daley 10
Stefan Schwarz 69
Joachim Bjorklund 70

Neil Webb
81 67:40

European Championship Football: Commentator: Barry Davies with Trevor Brooking
Live Soccer: European Championships: Commentator: Peter Brackley with David Platt

Match Summary

Officials (black) from Portugal

Sweden Squad


England Squad
José Rosa dos Santos
46 (29 June 1945), Beja, FIFA-listed 1984
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
Linesmen   Hit Bar/Post  
Valdemar Aguiar Pinto Lopes
Antonio Guedes Gomes de Carvalho   Corner Kicks Won  
Reserve official
Jorge Emmanuel Monteiro Coroado
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Sweden Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow v-necked jerseys with large blue broad left shoulder stripes, blue shorts with large yellow broad right-side stripes, yellow socks with blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Jonas Thern Manager: Tommy Svensson, 47, appointed 1991.
Sweden Lineup
1 Ravelli, Thomas 32 13 August 1959 G IFK Göteborg 91 ?ᵍᵃ
2 Nilsson, N. Roland 28 27 November 1963 D Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 46 1
3 Eriksson, Jan 24 24 August 1967 D IFK Norrkoping - -
Andersson, Patrik 20 18 August 1971 D Malmo FF 7 0
Bjorklund, Joachim 21 15 March 1971 D SK Brann, Norway - 0
Schwarz, Stefan 23 18 April 1969 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal - -
7 Ingesson, Klas 23 20 August 1968 M Yellow Red KV Mechelen, Belgium - -
17 Dahlin, Martin N. 24 16 April 1968 F Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach eV, Germany - -
9 Thern, Jonas 25 20 March 1967 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal - -
10 Limpar, Anders E., off 46th min. 26 24 September 1965 M Arsenal FC, England - -
11 Brolin, Tomas 22 29 November 1969 F Parma FC SpA, Italy - -
Sweden Substitutes
20 Ekstrom, Jonny, on 46th min. for Limpar 27 7 August 1965 D Olympique de Marseille, France - -

unused substitutes:

8-Stefan Rehn, 12-Lars Eriksson, 13-Mikael Nilsson, 14-Magnus Erlingmark, 15-Jan Jansson, 16-Kennet Andersson, 18-Roger Ljung, 19-Joakim Nilsson.
- -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd to 5th
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker, eighteenth and final captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 47 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
24th match, W 13 - D 9 - L 2 - F 33 - A 16.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C.E. 32 14 November 1959 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 34 16ᵍᵃ
19 Batty, David 23 2 December 1968 RB Leeds United AFC 10 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 30 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 50 2
4 Keown, Martin R. 25 24 July 1966 CD Everton FC 9 1
5 Walker, Desmond S. 26 26 November 1965 CD Nottingham Forest FC 47 0
12 Palmer, Carlton L. 26 5 December 1965 CM Sheffield Wednesday FC 7 0
7 Platt, David A. 26 10 June 1966 F Juventus FC SpA, Italy 32 11
Webb, Neil J. 28
323 days
30 July 1963 CM Manchester United FC

26 3
  final app 1987-92
Daley, Anthony M. 24
243 days
18 October 1967 LM Aston Villa FC

7 0
  final app 1991-92
10 Lineker, Gary W., off 61st min. 31
200 days
30 November 1960 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 80 48
final app 1984-92
11 Sinton, Andrew, off 75th min. 26 19 March 1966 RM Queens Park Rangers FC 6 0
England Substitutes
17 Smith, Alan M., on 61st min. for Lineker 29
209 days
21 November 1962 F Arsenal FC 13 7 2
final app 1988-92
16 Merson, Paul C., on 75th min. for Sinton 24 20 March 1968 LM Arsenal FC 7 3 1

unused substitutes:

2-Keith Curle, 8-Trevor Steven, 9-Nigel Clough, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Tony Dorigo, 20-Alan Shearer.
4-4-2 Woods -
Batty, Keown, Walker, Pearce -
Daley, Palmer, Webb, Sinton
(Merson) -
(Smith), Platt


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England's European championship challenge ended with a depressing defeat by Sweden, who were allowed back into the game after David Platt had scored an early goal. Tony Daley missed two opportunities to make the game safe before Sweden gradually took control following the half-time substitution of Anders Limpar by the veteran Johnny Ekstrom and a change of tactics that had England's defenders completely bewildered. Jan Eriksson headed an equaliser in the fifty-first minute, and as England struggled to contain the suddenly buoyant Swedes Graham Taylor made the controversial decision to call off skipper Gary Lineker for Alan Smith. Lineker had fired his final shots for England after eighty caps and still a goal short of Bobby Charlton's all-time record. England, needing a win to book a place in the semi-finals, were being exposed to the perils of panic, and it was the Swedes who  conjured the goal that mattered seven minutes from the end when the gifted Tomas Brolin exchanged passes with Dahlin before firing in the winner. The media roof now fell in on Graham Taylor, who was depicted on the back page of The Sun newspaper as a Turnip head - and ever since he has been haunted by the nickname. 'Taylor the Turnip.' In the weeks following England's exit stories emerged that revealed a huge split between Taylor and his skipper Lineker had been damaging the team spirit during the European championships.

    Match Report

England knew they had to win their final game against the host country, Sweden, in Stockholm to be sure of a place in the semi-finals.  In pursuit of that victory the manager Graham Taylor again made changes introducing Tony Daley, Aston Villa's speedy winger, into his attack and Manchester United's Neil Webb into midfield in the hope of producing a better supply to his strikers.  It was a sound enough intent against the Swedes, who had drawn with France 1-1 and defeated Denmark 1-0 in their earlier matches.

England could not have begun more encouragingly, taking the lead in only the fourth minute of the match with David Platt against the scorer.  Platt, whose move from Bari to Juventus for over 6m had been finalised while he was in Sweden, had been England's only scorer in the four previous internationals, perhaps a pointer to the major problem the side encountered in Sweden.  However, he was there to finish a move that had been begun by Webb, with David Batty heading the ball on and Gary Lineker providing the centre.

The goal stunned the Swedes and it was England's opportunity to take advantage; but once again the second goal that would surely have finished the Swedes didn't come.  There was a wonderful chance in the 34th minute when Daley was freed down the right flank by Platt.  It seemed all he had to do was roll the ball into Lineker's path, but yet again the final ball was a poor one.  The chances came, Daley wasting a header and Andy Sinton shooting wide, but at half-time England still held that slenderest of advantages.  The fears were confirmed in the second half when the Swedes came out a transformed side.

Jan Eriksson, who had been a Tottenham trialist earlier in the year, headed his second goal of the tournament, almost a replica of his first against France.  It was now the Swedes who gained in strength and they used that physical edge to overwhelm England,  A winner threatened, and when it came it was a fine sweeping move between Martin Dahlin and Tomas Brolin with Parma's Brolin supplying the final touch.  There was no coming back for England who seemed mentally and physically drained.  The Swedes, who are fed a weekly diet of English soccer, had beaten the country they learned from at their own game. - The F.A. England Year 1992-93, Stanley Paul & Co Ltd, London, 1992, pages 22 & 23.

Source Notes

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