After an impressive victory over Spain last weekend, everybody is wondering if England can keep up their good form when they meet Swede at Wembley tonight. England have not beaten Sweden in twelve matches since 1968, but manager Fabio Capello will be hoping that this can soon change.
He, however, is mindful that Sweden will still provide another stern test and said the following: ‘It is a little country with a small population but it’s always difficult to beat Sweden.’
Capello added that ‘They are really good and play in a very organised way. Everybody knows what they need to do in every moment of the game.’
The England squad is going to be very different tonight, and the question is will England still play defensively? With less to fear from Sweden than Spain, the real test may come from striking the right balance between continuing their solidity while offering a more attacking threat.
Injured Danny Welbeck and Phil Jagielka are out, which means Daniel Sturridge may be handed his first full debut. John Terry is expected to return to captain and Cahill, Zamora and Walker will all play.