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Tuesday, 15 November 2011
A Vauxhall International Friendly Match

England 1 Sweden 0 [1-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 8:00pm;

Attendance: 48,876. lowest attendance since the stadium was rebuilt (until September 2014)

92 minutes 45:01 & 47:13 Sweden kicked-off  
[1-0] Daniel Majstorović og 22 21:53
 his header deflected Gareth Barry's header from 11 yds following a cross by Stewart Downing

Referee's report credits Gareth Barry,
but clearly an own goal.
England's 2000th goal
  Johan Elmander 36
  Pontus Wernbloom 90+2
Commentator: Peter Drury with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from Czech Republic

England Squad


    Sweden Squad
Referee (red) - Pavel Královec
34 (16 August 1977), Domazlicich, FIFA listed 2005.

Assistant Referees - Martin Wilczek, 41 (23 May 1970) and Antonin Kordula, 42 (25 January 1969).
Fourth official - Michael
J. Jones, 43 (18 April 1968), Chester, Cheshire.

8 Goal Attempts 5
1 Attempts on Target 0
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 5
1 Offside Calls Against 3
13 Fouls Conceded 20
53.6% Possession 46.4%

England Team



FIFA (19 October 2011) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White open-neck jerseys with coloured crosses across upper panel, royal blue shorts, white socks with royal blue tops.
Capt: John Terry
 (34th & final captaincy (5))
Manager: Fabio Capello, 65 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
42nd and final match, W 28 - D 8 - L 6 - F 89 - A 35.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J., off 46th min. 24
210 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 16 8ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 21
171 days
28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 26
339 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 6 0
4 Jones, Philip A. 19
267 days
21 February 1992 CM Manchester United FC 3 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 25
331 days
19 December 1985 CD Bolton Wanderers FC 7 1
6 Terry, John G. 30
343 days
7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 72 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 58th min. 22
244 days
16 March 1989 RF Arsenal FC 21 3
8 Rodwell, Jack C., off 58th min. 20
249 days
11 March 1991 RM Everton FC 2 0
9 Zamora, Robert L., off 70th min. 30
303 days
16 January 1981 CF Fulham FC 2 0
final app 2010-11
10 Barry, Gareth 30
265 days
23 February 1981 LM Manchester City FC 51 2
11 Downing, Stewart 27
116 days
22 July 1984 LF Liverpool FC 32 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Sweden 0
12 Carson, Scott P., on 46th min. for Hart 26
73 days
3 September 1985 G Bursaspor KD, Turkey 4 2 4ᵍᵃ
only Bursaspor player to represent England final app 2007-11
18 Milner, James P., on 58th min. (57:27) for Rodwell 25
315 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 23 13 0
1179 20 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 58th min. (57:33) for Walcott 22
75 days
1 September 1989 RF Chelsea FC 1 0
the 42nd Chelsea player to represent England
21 Bent, Darren A., on 70th min. (69:39) for Zamora 27
282 days
6 February 1984 CF Aston Villa FC 13 8 0
final app 2006-11
result: England 1 Sweden 0
unused substitutes: 13-Glen Johnson, 14-Ashley Cole, 15-Joleon Lescott, 16-Scott Parker, 17-Frank Lampard, 19-Adam Johnson, 22-David Stockdale.
records: England's first victory over Sweden since 1968.
National Stadium records: Gareth Barry has now played in 23 of England's 27 home matches at the new National Stadium. He is three ahead of Steven Gerrard. Who, in turn, is two ahead of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.
Daniel Sturridge is the fifteenth player to make his England debut as a substitute at the National Stadium.
Manager Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976. He played against Sweden in September 1973.
4-3-3 Hart (Carson) -
Walker, Cahill, Terry, Baines -
(Milner), Jones, Barry -
(Sturrdige), Zamora (Bent), Downing.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 226 days Appearances/Goals 19.4 1.1


Sweden Team



FIFA (19 October 2011) 14th
EFO ranking Group 6

ELO rating 11th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Dark Blue v-neck jerseys with yellow sash, yellow shorts with Umbro double diamond trim, blue socks, with yellow tops.
Capt: Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Daniel Majstorović, for the second half.
Manager: Erik Anders Hamrén, 54 (27 June 1957), appointed part-time Head Coach 4 November 2009, full-time from 1 September 2010.
Marcus Christian Allbäck, appointed Players Manager 7 November 2009.
Sweden Lineup
1 Isaksson, Andreas 30
43 days
3 October 1981 G Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 90 0
2 Lustig, C.Mikael, off 55th min. 24
337 days
13 December 1986 RB Rosenborg BK, Norway 23 1
3 Mellberg, E.Olof, off 46th min. 34
73 days
3 September 1977 CD Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus, Greece 111 7
4 Majstorović, Daniel 34
224 days
5 April 1977 CD The Celtic FC, Scotland 48 2
the 47th own goal scored for England
5 Olsson, Martin T.W. 23
182 days
17 May 1988 LB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 7 4
16 Wernbloom, Pontus A.M. 25
143 days
25 June 1986 RDM Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 20 2
 92nd minute
9 Källström, Kim, off 70th min. 29
83 days
24 August 1982 LDM Olympique Lyonnais, France 89 16
22 Elm, Rasmus C., off 87th min. 23
243 days
17 March 1988 RM Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 21 1
11 Elmander, Johan E.C. 30
172 days
27 May 1981 AM Galatasaray ŞK, Turkey 62 16
36th minute, for disagreeing with the referee's decision to award a free-kick
7 Larsson, Sabastian B.U. 26
162 days
6 June 1985 LM/RB Sunderland AFC, England 38 3
10 Ibrahimović, Zlatan, off 46th min. 30
43 days
3 October 1981 CF AC Milan, Italy 74 28
Sweden Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Sweden 0
19 Olsson, Jonas, on 46th min. for Mellberg 28
250 days
10 March 1983 CD West Bromwich Albion FC, England 5 0
20 Toivonen, N. Ola, on 46th min. for Ibrahamović 25
135 days
3 July 1986 CF Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 21 4
21 Wilhelmsson, Christian U., on 55th min. (54:13) for Lustig 31
342 days
8 December 1979 LM Al Ahly Doha SC, Qatar, on loan from Al-Hilal Saudi FC 72 8
8 Svensson, Anders G., on 70th min. for Källström 35
121 days
17 July 1976 LDM IF Elfsborg 123 18
6 Bajrami, B. Emir, on 87th min. (86:28) for Elm 23
253 days
7 March 1988
in Pristina, Yugoslavia
RM FC Twente '65, Netherlands 14 2
result: England 1 Sweden 0
unused substitutes: 12-Johan Wiland, 13-Andreas Granqvist, 14-Behrang Safari, 15-Alexander Gerndt, 17-Michael Almebäck, 18-Samuel Holmén.
team notes: As well as both having the same birthdate, goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson and forward Zlatan Ibrahimović, were both 11,000 days old on this day.
4-5(2-3)-1 Isaksson -
(Wilhelmsson), Mellberg (J.Olsson), Majstorović, M.Olsson -
Wernbloom, Källström
(Svensson) -
(Bajrami), Elmander, Larsson -
notes: in the 55th min., Wilhelmsson came onto left midfield, Larsson went to right-back
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 153 days Appearances/Goals 53.0 7.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After ten minutes of this latest International match at Wembley Stadium I looked down at my notes and realised there was nothing there!  Such was the start of the game as both sides felt each other out but failed to rouse the sparse crowd, the new Wembley Stadium's lowest yet.  It did get better later on, but the match never rose to any great heights.  However, England did win, and won more easily than the scoreline suggests, in fact 3-0 would have been a little more realistic.

Sweden had the first 'attempt' at goal on 12 minutes, a free-kick that was easily blocked by the England wall, whilst two minutes later, at the other, end a fast run into the box by Theo Walcott forced a corner.  The same player then combined with Bobby Zamora and the Fulham player stabbed his effort wide from close in.

Nothing much had happened during the first quarter of the game but on 22 minutes, out of the blue, England took the lead.  Stewart Downing and Leighton Baines worked an opening down the left wing and Downing was able to take the ball on before delivering a fine cross to the middle.  It was Gareth Barry who leapt high to meet the ball with a glancing header which at first appeared to go straight into the far corner.  But replays then showed that the Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic had made a decisive final touch and an own goal seemed to be the majority decision.  That was a shame because the goal was England's 2000th in Internationals.  Perhaps we should all go along with the Wembley scoreboard who gave it to Barry.  Whoever scored, it gave England the lead and play picked up a little as a result of the deadlock being broken.  It certainly woke Sweden from their slumbers and a series of over robust challenges upset the referee, with a couple of yellow cards being shown.

England were playing with Phil Jones again in midfield and both he and Jack Rodwell looked very lively at times.  Rodwell will be kicking himself for not scoring in this game.  His box to box runs had been brilliant and a goal would have put the icing on the cake of an impressive performance.  His first chance came after Zamora and Baines combined on the left and the full-back set his clubmate up with a great pass only for Rodwell's shot to take a deflection and fly just wide.  The Jones superbly burst through the middle with a one against one with the keeper.  As Andreas Isaksson came out Jones flicked the ball wide of him, but also, sadly, just wide of the far post.  Then, after 41 minutes, it was Rodwell's turn to shine again, first when he headed a Swedish attack clear, and then when he met an inch perfect cross from the lively Downing again.  This time Rodwell should have buried the close range header, instead his effort scraped the outside of the post.  It seemed easier to score to be honest.

At half-time England were still ahead, but whether they would rue the missed guilt-edged chances to add to their score, only time would tell.  Sweden were largely anonymous with their star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic hardly having a kick, and Joe Hart only tested by a cross from Rasmus Elm, which almost crept in under the crossbar, until the keeper managed to claw the ball away to safety.  Sweden were very physical and one or two of their players were lucky to stay on the field, so often did they foul.  But for England Jones and Rodwell had really impressive halves and young Kyle Walker, making his first start, had an outstanding game from start to finish at right-back.  He was always available, made some tremendous runs forward and yet his defensive work was first-class.  He looks a real find for Fabio Capello.

At half-time Scott Carson came on for Hart in the England goal, whilst Sweden made changes too, but it was another devastating burst by Downing that created the first chance of the half.  His cross to Zamora was met by the centre-forward but again an important deflection was made by the defender.  Sweden tried to step up the pace, but Gary Cahill and skipper John Terry withstood all that the visitors could muster down the middle, whilst the full-backs took care of the wings.

If truth be told the second half was a little tedious and England could only bring on their downfall themselves.  There were a few loose passes, but overall they were in command of the situation.  Carson was only tested once, and similar to Hart earlier, it was a speculative cross that almost did the damage.  The goalkeeper managed to claw the ball away and keeping a clean sheet will do his confidence the world of good should he be needed in the future.  Around the hour mark England brought on Daniel Sturridge and James Milner for Rodwell and Walcott, with debutant Sturridge moving to the left with Downing switching to the right.

Downing then set up another chance for Zamora before intercepting a pass and making for goal himself.  It looked odds on a goal but Downing's hard, low shot was well gathered by Isaksson.  Darren Bent replaced Zamora, and the Fulham man can be pleased with his efforts.  He may not be the best player in International football but you would be hard pressed to find a more willing runner.

There were few chances in the closing minutes, despite a lot of huffing and puffing.  Another brilliant run by Walker saw him combine with Milner, and the latter put in a fine cross.  Bent went for it but the defender managed to clear for a corner.  Right at the death substitute Bajrami crossed to the far side and Christian Wilhelmsson volleyed a good chance high over the bar.  That was the only time Walker had been caught out of position.

So, England remain unbeaten during the calendar year and the momentum is continued.  The 43 year record against one of our bogey sides has finally been sorted, by registering our first victory against the Swedes since 1968.  Certainly Capello has now found lots of new options over the past week and one or two of the senior players will be looking over their shoulders at the influx of these good youngsters.  It can only be good for England's future, let's hope that 2012 is just as productive for the team. 

Dare we hope?

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor