Sweden 4 England 2

Roy Hodgson

Swe­den 4 Eng­land 2, The Friends Arena Sta­dium, In­ter­na­tion­al Friendly Mat­ch, Nov­ember 14, 2012. Des­pite a 4-2 de­feat, Eng­land boss Roy Hodg­son was pleased wi­th the ef­fort that his te­am showed ag­ainst Swe­den. The man of the mat­ch, how­ever, was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who re­cor­ded all the four goals for The Blue and Yel­low in their win over The Three Lions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic crow­ned his dis­play wi­th an amaz­ing over­head-kick from 30 yards out in the 90th min­ute of the in­ter­na­tion­al friendly ga­me. Af­ter scor­ing his fir­st goal for Swe­den in a 3-0 vic­tory ag­ainst Azerbaijan in a Wor­ld Cup Qual­i­fy­ing fix­ture at Rasunda Sta­dium on the 7th of Oct­ober 2001, the stri­ker had so far ma­naged to notch up 39 goals in 85 in­ter­na­tion­al ap­pear­ances for the coun­try of his bir­th. Roy Hodg­son: “I took the risk to give de­butants a chan­ce, ob­vi­ously that will open things up, and I was hop­ing that we would hold out. I tho­ught our passing and move­ment was good and when we took the 2–1 lead it was a cor­rect as­sess­ment of what we had seen on the field. I tho­ught the de­butants were good, all of them did fine and I am cer­tainly a wiser man than I was be­fore this ga­me. We were un­done by some indi­vidual bril­liance and maybe a bit of in­ex­per­i­ence.” Swe­den Te­am: An­dreas Isaks­son, An­dreas Gran­qv­ist, Mi­kael Lust­ig, Jo­nas Ols­son, Se­basti­an Larsson, Mar­tin Ols­son, Rasmus Elm, Al­ex Kacanik­lic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Math­i­as Rane­gie, Kim Kall­strom. Sub­stitutes: Mi­kael Ant­onsson, Pon­tus Jans­son, Jiloan Ha­mad, Samuel Hol­men, Behrang Sa­fari, To­bi­as Sana, An­ders Svens­son, Pon­tus Wern­bloom, Mar­cus Berg, Par Hans­son. Eng­land Te­am: Joe Hart, Ste­ven Caulk­er, Ga­ry Ca­hill, Glen John­son, Ash­ley Young, Leigh­ton Baines, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ste­ven Ger­rard , Ra­heem Ster­ling, Dan­ny Wel­beck, Le­on Os­man. Sub­stitutes: Carl Jen­kin­son, Ry­an Shaw­cross, Ry­an Ber­trand, Tom Hud­dle­stone, Wil­fried Za­ha, Phil Ja­gielka, Jack Wil­shere, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Fraser For­ster, John Ruddy.


England Quickfacts

Eng­land over­came Swe­den by 4-0 in an in­ter­na­tion­al friendly fix­ture at Rasunda Sta­dium on the 17th of May 1937 cour­tesy of a hat-trick by Fred­die Steele and one goal from Joe Johnson.


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