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Saturday, 10 November 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 1 Sweden 1 [1-1]

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester
Attendance: 64,413;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - David Beckham (penalty 28).
Sweden - Hakan Mild (44).
Match Summary
England Squad
Sweden Squad
no yellow or red cards
Results 2000-2005

Sweden kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48)


Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (black) - Claude Colombo
41 (1 October 1960), Nice, FIFA-listed 1995.

Assistant Referees - Didier Peyrot, 31 (12 August 1970) and Erick Ortega, 36 (21 December 1964).

Fourth Official - Alan G. Wiley
, 41 (27 May 1960), Burntwood, England.
  Goal Attempts  
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- Possession -

England Team



FIFA (17 October 2001) 9th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, eleventh captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001.
10th match, W 7 - D 2 - L 1 - F 24 - A 8.
England Lineup
1 Martyn, A. Nigel 35 11 August 1966 G

Leeds United AFC

19 15 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 58th min. 26 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 49 0
3 Carragher, James L.D., off 86th min. 23 28 January 1978 LB

Liverpool FC

7 0
4 Butt, Nicholas, off 58th min. 26 21 January 1975 CM

Manchester United FC

15 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 19 0
6 Southgate, Gareth 31 3 September 1970 CD

Middlesbrough FC

44 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 26 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

47 6
Sinclair wins the penalty after the referee rules he is fouled by Christoffer Andersson.
8 Scholes, Paul, off 86th min. 26 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 40 13
9 Phillips, Kevin M., off 58th min. 28 25 July 1973 F

Sunderland AFC

7 0
10 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 58th min. 23 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

20 3
11 Sinclair, Trevor L., off 58th min. 28 2 March 1973 LM West Ham United FC 1 0
England Substitutes
15 Mills, Daniel B., on 58th min. for G Neville 24 18 May 1977 D Leeds United AFC 3 0
17 Sheringham, Edward P., on 58th min. for Heskey 35 2 April 1966 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 43 11
19 Murphy, Daniel B., on 58th min. for Butt 24 18 March 1977 M Liverpool FC 1 0
21 Anderton, Darren R., on 58th min. for Sinclair 29 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 7
23 Fowler, Robert B. on 58th min. for Phillips 26 9 April 1975 F

Liverpool FC

22 5
12 Neville, Philip J., on 86th min. for Carragher 24 21 January 1977 D Manchester United FC 34 0
20 Lampard, Frank J., on 86th min. for Scholes 23 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 4 0

unused substitutes:

13-Richard Wright, 14-Chris Powell, 16-Martin Keown, 18-Ugo Ehiogu, 22-Ian Walker, 24-Alan Smith.
4-4-2 Martyn -
G Neville (Mills), Ferdinand, Southgate, Carragher (P Neville) -
Beckham, Butt
(Murphy), Scholes (Lampard), Sinclair (Anderton) -
(Fowler), Heskey (Sheringham).


Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals - -


Sweden Team



FIFA (17 October 2001) 18th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 9th to 9th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow collared jerseys with blue upper body/collar, yellow Adidas trim/piping/broad cuffs, blue shorts with yellow broad side panel and blue Adidas trim, yellow socks with blue tops and yellow Adidas trim.
Capt: Johan Mjallby Head coaches: Tommy Soderberg, 53 (19 August 1948), and Lars Edvin Lagerback, 53 (16 July 1948), appointed joint-coaches in January 2000.
Sweden Lineup
1 Hedman, Magnus C., off 46th min. 28 19 March 1973 G

Coventry City FC, England

41 GA
2 Andersson, Christoffer T. 23 22 October 1978 RB Helsingborgs IF 11 0
3 Svensson, Michael L. 25 25 November 1975 CD ES Troyes Aube Champagne, France 8 0
4 Mjallby, K. Johan S., off 62nd min. 30 9 February 1971 CD

The Celtic FC, Scotland

31 4
5 Edman, Erik K. 22 11 November 1978 LB SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 2 0
6 Linderoth, Tobias J.H., off 46th min. 22 21 April 1979
born in France
CM Stabaek Fotball JF, Norway 16 1
7 Alexandersson, J. Niclas, off 84th min. 29 29 December 1971 RM

Everton FC, England

55 6
8 Mild, S. Hakan 30 14 June 1971 CM IFK Göteborg 74 8
9 Svensson, J.T. Magnus, off 46th min. 32 10 March 1969 LM Brondbyernes IF, Denmark 23 1
10 Allbäck, Marcus C. 28 5 July 1973 F SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 14 7
11 Ibrahimovic, Zlatan, off 74th min. 20 3 October 1981 F Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 5 1
Sweden Substitutes
15 Andersson, Daniel J., on 46th min. for Linderoth 24 28 August 1977 F Venezia FC Srl, Italy 34 0
12 Kihlstedt, Magnus, on 46th min. 29 29 February 1972 G FC Kobenhavn, Denmark 11 GA
17 Svensson, Anders G., on 46th min. for Magnus Svensson 25 17 July 1976 D Southampton FC, England 22 6
14 Jakobsson, B.J. Andreas, on 62nd min. for Mjallby 29 6 October 1972 D FC Hansa Rostock eV, Germany 11 0
19 Osmanovski, Yksel, on 74th min. for Ibrahimovic 24 24 February 1977 F Torino FC SpA, Italy 14 2
18 Soderstrom, S.O. Fredrik, on 84th min. for Alexandersson 28 30 January 1973 M FC Porto, Portugal 4 0

unused substitutes:

13-Karl Corneliusson, 16-Jeffrey Aubynn, 20-Stefan Selakovic.

team notes:

Tobias Linderoth's father, Anders, captained Sweden against England in June 1979.
4-4-2 Hedman (Kihlstedt) -
C Andersson, Michael Svensson, Mjallby (Jakobsson), Edman -
(Soderstrom), Linderoth (D Andersson), Mild, Magnus Svensson (A Svensson) -
(Osmanovski), Allbäck.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England's World Cup countdown got off to a low-key start as they were held to a draw by well-drilled Sweden at Old Trafford.  Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson failed to break the 33-year curse his fellow countrymen have inflicted on England - despite the home side taking a fortunate lead through David Beckham's first-half penalty.  Sweden equalised on the stroke of half-time when goalkeeper Nigel Martyn dropped Erik Edman's free-kick at the feet of Hakan Mild.  Eriksson used the friendly as an opportunity to experiment, with members of England's shadow squad attempting to stake their claim for places in Korea and Japan next summer.  Sunderland's Kevin Phillips worked hard - but is still goalless at international level and needed to do more to disrupt Eriksson's first choice attacking options.  England used seven substitutes, with Liverpool's Danny Murphy impressing as a second-half replacement on his debut.  Eriksson will be happy to have had the chance to make a close examination of so many potential members of his squad.  But no England players aiming to force their way to the forefront of Eriksson's thoughts produced firm evidence for their inclusion.

And it was an understated Old Trafford occasion with England qualification already assured, and Eriksson taking the opportunity to shuffle his pack.

Phillips attempted to make a mark on his recall, and he had Sweden in his sights early on with a powerful shot that was well saved by Magnus Hedman.  And Hedman was in spectacular action again after 18 minutes when Beckham almost repeated his heroics of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Greece.   He curled a 25-yard effort towards the top corner, but the Coventry City keeper dived brilliantly to his left to save.   England were not to be denied - and new cap Trevor Sinclair was heavily involved as they took a fortunate lead after 26 minutes.   Sinclair tumbled with Christoffer Andersson in close attendance, but there was no contact and Sweden were rightly aggrieved when French referee Claude Colombo pointed to the spot.  Beckham heightened Sweden's sense of injustice by lashing the resulting penalty past Hedman.  Sweden had demonstrated a controlled build-up, and their measured approach was rewarded with an equaliser two minutes before half-time.  Goalkeeper Martyn should have held Erik Edman's free-kick, and when England's defence was slow to react, Mild shot into the roof of the net from close range.

Eriksson resisted the temptation to indulge in experiments until almost on the hour had gone - then made five changes at the same time. Emile Heskey, Phillips, Sinclair, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt were replaced by Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton, Robbie Fowler, Danny Mills and Murphy.  It was Murphy's first cap - and the in-form Liverpool midfield man almost made an instant impact.  He was involved as Anfield team-mate Fowler brought a fine save from Sweden's substitute goalkeeper Magnus Kihlstedt.  And he was the first England player on target seconds later when Kihlstedt made a brilliant double save, blocking a powerful follow-up from the unfortunate Fowler.  Eriksson's changes injected much-needed impetus into England's display as Sweden threatened to survive in relative comfort.  England had penalty appeals turned down in injury time when Edman appeared to handle - but Eriksson's side were forced to settle for a draw.

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