England vs Sweden Preview November 2012
England take on Sweden on Wednesday November 14th, with full coverage available on ITV1 for UK viewers.
Following England’s thrilling 3-2 win over Sweden at Euro 2012, fans will be hoping for an exciting encounter when the two nations meet again on Wednesday. Two recent England victories in this fixture have ended a 43 year wait for a victory against the Swedish national team, and Roy Hodgson will be hoping that his side make it three in a row in Stockholm.
Sweden have many reasons of their own to go in search of a victory, in spite of the match just being a friendly, as the game will mark the opening of their new 50,000 capacity Stadium the Friends Arena. The Scandinavians will also be out for revenge following that Euro 2012 defeat.
The new look England squad, depleted by injuries and withdrawals, could well mean a few debuts for players young and old, with Leon Osman, Raheem Stirling, Fraser Forster and Ryan Shawcross all included in the original squad, with Wilfried Zaha and Carl Jenkinson also joining the squad after withdrawals.
The squad to face Sweden is:
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Spurs) Leon Osman (Everton), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Strikers: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)
We’re hoping that the new boys add a breath of fresh air to the squad, and a bit of passion we might not have otherwise seen in a friendly match.
Our prediction: 2-1 England win.