England Football Online
  Page Last Updated 22 September 2015 Sverige

757 vs. Hungary
759 vs. Bulgaria

Saturday, 5 June 1999
European Championship 2000 Group Five qualification match

England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]


Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 75,824;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on
Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

  Match Summary
England Squad

Sweden Squad

Team Records
England - Paul Scholes (27), (51) foul (late tackle on Schwarz), Andrew Cole (33), David Batty (58), Alan Shearer (78).
Sweden - Magnus Hedman (38), Stefan Schwarz (49), Kennet Andersson (90th+).
Red Card: England - Paul Scholes (51)
Results 1995-2000

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary

Officials from Spain




Referee (black) - Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda Encinar
43 (-), FIFA-listed 1993.

Assistant Referees - Modesto Vazquez Riveiro, 43, and Fernando Tresaco Gracia, 43.

Fourth Official -
Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin

Teams presented to Dr Brian Davis, Nationwide Building Society Chief Executive;
England mascot is Hannah McArdle, 9 years old, Woking;
A minute's silence was observed before the match as a mark of respect following the death of Sir Alf Ramsey.
  Goal Attempts  
1 Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (19 May 1999) 11th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th
Colours: The 1997 Umbro away uniform - Red shadow striped collared jersey, navy collar/cuffs with white/red trim, white shorts with red/navy lower side panel, red socks with two navy hoops.
Capt: Alan Shearer, 21st captaincy Manager: Joseph Kevin Keegan OBE, 48 (14 February 1951), appointed as caretaker manager 2 February 1999, full-time 14 May 1999.
3rd match, W 1 - D 2 - L 0 - F 4 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 35 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 51 GA
2 Neville, Philip J. 22 21 January 1977 RB Manchester United FC 16 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P., poorly off 46th min. 30 17 October 1968 LB Chelsea FC 35 1
4 Sherwood, Timothy 30 6 February 1969 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
5 Keown, Martin R., injured off 35th min. 32 24 July 1966 CD Arsenal FC 23 1
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 24 18 September 1974 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., injured off 75th min. 24 2 May 1975 RM Manchester United FC 23 1
8 Batty, David 30 2 December 1968 CM Leeds United AFC 39 0
Batty cautioned in the 58th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle.
9 Shearer, Alan 28 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 50 21
Shearer cautioned in the 78th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for an elbow.
10 Cole, Andrew A. 27 15 October 1971 F Manchester United FC 5 0
Cole cautioned in the 33rd minute for Dissent for refusing to retreat at a free-kick.
Scholes, Paul 24 16 November 1974 AM Manchester United FC 17 7
Scholes was sent off in the 51st min. for two cautionable offences. His first offence was in the 27th min. for a late tackle on Schwarz, his second offence, in the 51st min., was for another Schwarz late tackle. Suspended.
England Substitutes
14 Ferdinand, Rio G., on 35th min. for Keown 20 7 November 1978 CD West Ham United FC 8 0
12 Gray, Michael, on 46th min. for Le Saux 24 3 August 1974 LB Sunderland AFC 2 0
16 Parlour, Raymond, on 75th min., for Beckham 26 7 March 1973 M Arsenal FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

13-Ian Walker, 15-Jamie Redknapp, 17-Teddy Sheringham, 18-Robbie Fowler.

team notes:

Paul Scholes becomes the seventh England player to be sent-off, and the first time two players have been ordered off in one season, both against Sweden. Of the seven expulsions, three have been shown in the past twelve months.
4-4-2 Seaman -
Neville, Keown
(Ferdinand), Campbell, Le Saux (Gray) -
(Parlour), Batty, Sherwood -
Scholes -
Shearer, Cole.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Sweden Team



FIFA (19 May 1999) 14th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 14th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow shadow striped lace-up collared jerseys with blue collar/cuffs/Adidas trim, blue shorts with yellow side panel and blue Adidas trim/hem, yellow socks.
Capt: Patrik Andersson Manager: Tommy Soderberg, 49 (19 August 1948), appointed 13 October 1997,
15th match, W 9 - D 3 - L 3 - F 14 - A 9.
Sweden Lineup
1 Hedman, Magnus C. 26 19 March 1973 G Coventry FC, England 16 GA
Hedman cautioned in the 38th minute for Dissent for delaying a free-kick.
2 Nilsson, N. Roland 35 27 November 1963 D Helsingborgs FC 102 1
3 Andersson, Patrik 27 18 August 1971 D Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach eV, Germany 70 2
4 Bjorklund, Joachim 28 15 March 1971 D Valencia CF SAD, Spain 67 0
5 Kmark, Pontus S. 30 5 April 1969 D Leicester City FC, England 45 0
6 Schwarz, Stefan 30 18 April 1969 M Valencia CF SAD, Spain 62 6
Schwarz cautioned in the 49th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul.
7 Mild, Hakan, off 69th min. 27 14 June 1971 M IFK Goteburg 51 6
8 Mjallby, Johan, off 82nd min. 28 9 February 1971 M The Celtic FC, Scotland 11 2
9 Ljungberg, K. Fredrik 22 16 April 1977 M Arsenal FC, England 10 2
10 Larsson, Henrik, injured off 6th min. 27 20 September 1971 F The Celtic FC, Scotland 42 9
11 Andersson, Kennet 31 6 October 1967 F Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 69 0
Andersson cautioned in injury time for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after committing a late tackle.
Sweden Substitutes
17 Svensson, Magnus, on 6th min. for Larsson 30 10 March 1969 M Viking FK, Norway 5 0
15 Alexandersson, Niclas, on 69th min. for Mild 27 29 December 1971 M Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 35 3
16 Andersson, Daniel, on 82nd min. for Mjallby 21 28 August 1977 M FC Bari 1908 SpA, Italy 13 0

unused substitutes:

12-Magnus Kihlstedt, 13-Teddy Lucic, 14-Gary Sundgren, 18-Yksel Osmanovski.
4-4-2 -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

With Kevin Keegan having ended his involvement with Fulham to be confirmed as England's full time manager, his team went into a vital home tie with Group 5 leaders Sweden knowing that only victory would keep alive hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2000.  Sweden, five points up on England and with a 100% record in the qualifiers so far, had been something of a "bogey" side - England had not beaten them for 31 years.  Another huge Wembley crowd saw the visitors weather the anticipated early storm before settling down to cause the maximum frustration.  Poor England certainly played with spirit and character but they managed just one tame effort on target in the ninety minutes.  In the end a goalless draw was really no more than they deserved.

The match also proved to be a personal disaster for Paul Scholes, the hat-trick hero of the last Wembley qualifier with Poland.  In the first few minutes he horribly mistimed a challenge on Mild, studs connecting with thigh, and ended the Swedish midfielder's involvement there and then.  That indiscretion didn't even warrant a free-kick according to the Spanish referee but a yellow card was shown on 27 minutes as Scholes scythed down Schwarz.  The former Arsenal player was again on the receiving end six minutes into the second period and this time Scholes had to walk.  He became only the seventh England player in history to be dismissed - and the first at Wembley.

Sweden looked to be helping England comfortably at that stage, so it hardly helped the home team's cause to have to play nearly the whole of the second half a man short.  Just as they had done against Bulgaria at Wembley earlier in the season, England struggled to create anything worthwhile in the final third and the end result, another 0-0, was equally as unhelpful.  In fact, Sweden could easily have grabbed a goal themselves to considerably reduce England's prospects of even making the play-offs.  Larsson and Kennet Andersson missed with simple headers in front of goal and Ljungberg's curling free-kick from long range had Seaman nearly caught up in the netting as he stretched to touch the ball onto the bar and behind.

Prior to the match there was a minute's silence to mark the recent passing away of Sir Alf Ramsey at the age of 79.  He was England's manager from 1963 and 1974 and his team won the World Cup, as he promised they would, in 1966. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook