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International Friendly Preview: England v Sweden

7 November 2012 by

England face Sweden in an international friendly at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday November 14. This match comes after the 1-1 away draw with Poland in the World Cup qualifying match last month. Roy Hodgson may look to experiment with his youth players as he looks to form a cup winning side. England veterans Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole are both on 99 caps for the Three Lions.

Hodgson may exercise his youth with players such as Tom Cleverley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jonjo Shelvey and even Carl Jenkinson. Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has urged Hodgson to not play Jack Wilshere until he regains full fitness. Wilshere experienced 14 months on the sidelines with knee and ankle problems.

A possible line up may feature Joe Hart in goal, Glen Johnson, Ashle Cole, Joleon Lescott and Gary Cahill in defence, Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in midfield with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck up front. The bench may see several debutants such as Carl Jenkinson, Fraser Forster, Ryan Shawcross and potentially Raheem Sterling who has had a brilliant debut season for Liverpool.

England previously beat Sweden 3-2 in June in the World Cup Qualifiers with goals from Andrew Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. England currently lie in 1st place in Group Eight of the World Cup qualifiers, Montenegro second and Poland third. England are unbeaten in 11 matches since their 3-2 loss to the Netherlands in February this year. After Sweden, England next play Brazil in February 2013 at Wembley Stadium in an International Friendly.

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