Sweden will host England at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wed. Nov. 14th in an international football friendly. Sweden has won three, drawn one and lost one in their past five games while England is unbeaten with three wins and a pair of draws to their name.
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England welcomes Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to the squad after missing the last 17 months of action due to leg injuries. The 20-year-old has played in just a few games over the past month after returning and then received a red card against Manchester United. England manager Roy Hodgson hopes he gains his past form and can help his country reach the World Cup. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster of Celtic in Scotland makes his first appearance after helping his club side beat Barcelona in the Champions League last week. In addition, 17-year-old Raheem Sterling of Liverpool has also been called up.
The biggest problem facing England though is the number of injuries to regular players and those who have pulled out of the squad. The team will be without defenders Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole, midfielders Frank Lampard, Jonjo Shelvey, and forwards Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, and Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Lennon. This will give Hodgson the chance to play some of his young and new players.
England and Sweden have played each other 21 times in the past and Sweden has always been a huge thorn in their side. England has eight wins to Sweden’s five with the other eight games ending in draws. Two of England’s wins have come in their last two meetings. They managed to edge Sweden 3-2 at this summer’s European Championships (Euro 2012) and they also squeaked out a close 1-0 win at Wembley last November. Until the win at Wembley, England hadn’t beaten the Swedes since back in 1968. Sweden’s last win in the showdown came at home when they won 1-0 in a friendly.
Erik Hamren, the 55-year-old manager of Sweden is going with a young team plus some of the old regulars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovich. He has given call ups to striker Mathias Ranegie of Udinese as well as Tobias Sana of Ajax, and Jiloan Hamad and Pontus Jansson of Malmo. Hamren said these players represent a good future for Sweden since they all possess a good attitude and are quality players.
Other than the very first time they met, which was back in 1908 with England winning 12-1 at home, these two teams have played each other very closely with most wins being just by a single goal. This should be another close game and let’s just say this one ends up in a draw too.
These are the squads for the game:
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 Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders : Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).
Goalkeepers: Par Hansson (Helsingborgs IF), Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpassa)
Defenders: Mikael Antonnson (Bologna), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Pontus Jannson (Malmo FF), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers), Behrand Safari (Anderlecht)
Midfielders: Rasmus Elm (CSKA Moscow), Jiloan Hamad (Malmo FF), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul BB), Alexandar Kacaniklic (Fulham), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (IF Elfsborg), Pontus Wembloom (CSKA Moscow), Tobias Sana (Ajax)
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Hamburg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain), Mathias Ranegie (Udinese)