Euro 2012
Euro 2012: Sweden v England

England take on Sweden in an all-important Group D game in Kiev as both teams look for their first win of the tournament.


Roy Hodgson's men fought hard to earn a 1-1 draw in their opener against France on Monday. While Les Blues dominated possession and had a total of 21 shots on goal, they struggled to find a way past an organised English back-four. Despite defending well, The Three Lions disappointed going forward, mainly because of the anonymity of Ashley Young. The Manchester United player is a key component in Hodgson's attack but France did well to nullify his influence on the game.

Meanwhile, Sweden come into this game in the Olympic Stadium on the back of a defeat to co-hosts Ukraine at the same venue on Monday. Erik Hamren's side started without a holding midfielder, and failed to provide enough width from the flanks. Their approach going forward was disappointingly direct at times, with a refusal to build attacks in wide areas. The biggest problem Hamren faces is his defenders' difficulty in dealing with crosses, exposed by Andrey Shevnchenko last Monday.

Tactics and Team News:

England: Hodgson stated he would not make radical changes to the side that drew with France. However, to assist in improving England's attacking threat Hodgson may opt to partner Andy Carroll with Danny Welbeck up front. England were accused of lacking ambition and possessing a plan b against France, and the addition of Carroll should substantially improve England's threat. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to make way, with Young moving to the left-hand side. James Milner will retain his role on the right.

Concerns over the fatigue of central midfielders Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker remain but the duo are unlikely to be rested. Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones are both in reserve if required. Wayne Rooney will serve the final game of his suspension, while Martin Kelly is likely to be absent as he struggles to recover from a virus. The back four, including goalkeeper Joe Hart, is likely to stay unchanged.

Sweden: The Swedes have confirmed talismanic captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to start against England despite missing training in mid-week due to a thigh injury. The AC Milan striker will be the main source of creativity, playing off front-man Johan Elmander.

The former Bolton Wanderers forward Elmander has recovered from a fractured foot and is fit to feature from the start in Kiev. Meanwhile, midfielder Rasmus Elm, keeps his place ahead of 35 year old veteran Anders Svensson - the most capped player in the team. West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson is also expected to be recalled at centre-back, with Andreas Granqvist shifting to right-back.


  • England have never beaten Sweden in a World Cup or Euro match, including qualifiers, drawing five times and losing twice
  • Roy Hodgson began his managerial career in Sweden with Halmstad, leading the club to league titles in 1976 and 1979. Later he guided another Swedish side Malmo to five consecutive titles between 1985 and 1989.
  • England's 1-0 win over the Swedes at Wembley in November was their first in 43 years

Probable line-up:

Sweden (4-2-3-1): Isaksson; Granqvist, Mellberg, Jonas Olsson, Martin Olsson; Svensson, Kallstrom; Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Elm; Elmander

England (4-4-1-1): Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young; Carroll, Welbeck

Where to Watch Live:

You can follow the game live from 7.45 pm BST on BBC One, as well as BBC Radio 5 live and the official UEFA Web site. You can also catch highlights on BBC One and the BBC Sport Web site.