England 1 Sweden 0

Con­tro­ver­sial Eng­land boss Fa­bio Capello had made as many as sev­en changes to the te­am which had de­feated Vi­cente del Bosque´s Spain 1-0 at Wemb­ley three days earli­er, on­ly re­tain­ing Man­chester City goal­keeper Joe Hart, Man­chester Uni­ted de­fender Phil Jones, and Ar­senal for­ward Theo Wal­cott. The Three Li­ons ev­entually broke the de­fens­ive dead­lock af­ter 24 min­utes as Gar­eth Bar­ry steer­ed a well pla­ced head­er pa­st Swedish shot stop­per An­dreas Isaks­son and in­to the back of the net. The vis­it­ing te­am al­most equal­ised wi­th twelve min­utes re­maining, but Bursaspor and Eng­land goal­tender Scott Car­son ma­naged to claw away a long dis­tance cross-shot from Sunderland´s Se­basti­an Larsson. Then, well in­to stop­page time, Swe­den wing­er Chris­ti­an Wil­helms­son squan­dered a glor­i­ous goal scor­ing op­por­tun­ity when the sea­soned cam­paign­er power­ed his vol­ley high over the bar from eight yards out. The 1-0 vic­tory, which was England´s fir­st win over Swe­den since beat­ing the Scand­inavi­ans 3-1 at Wemb­ley thanks to goals from Mar­tin Peters, Bob­by Charl­ton, and Ro­ger Hunt on the 22nd of May 1968, meant that they had now gone nine mat­ches un­defeated in 2011. Eng­land Te­am: Joe Hart, Kyle Walk­er, Ga­ry Ca­hill, John Terry, Gar­eth Bar­ry, Phil Jones, Jack Rod­well, Leigh­ton Baines, Stew­art Down­ing, Theo Wal­cott, Bob­by Zamora. Sub­stitutes: Jo­leon Le­scott, Glen John­son, Ja­mes Mil­ner, Ash­ley Cole, Ad­am John­son, Frank Lam­pard, Scott Par­ker, Dar­ren Bent, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Scott Car­son, Da­vid Stock­dale. Swe­den Te­am: An­dreas Isaks­son, Mi­kael Lust­ig, Dan­iel Majstorovic, Olof Mell­berg, Se­basti­an Larsson, Mar­tin Ols­son, Rasmus Elm, Kim Kall­strom, Pon­tus Wern­bloom, Jo­hann El­mander, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sub­stitutes: Mi­chael Al­meback, Jo­nas Ols­son, An­dreas Gran­qv­ist, Emir Bajrami, Samuel Hol­men, Behrang Sa­fari, An­ders Svens­son, Chris­ti­an Wil­helms­son, Al­ex­an­der Gerndt, Ola Toivon­en, Jo­han Wiland.


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