A history of England v Sweden
22:04 GMT, 14 June 2012
England 0, Sweden 0, Wembley, Oct 19, 1988.
This World Cup qualifier was England's first-ever tournament game against Sweden, and, as has happened so many times since, it ended in deadlock. Chris Waddle thought he had scored, only to be pulled up for a foul on Glenn Hysen, later of Liverpool, while Robert Prytz optimistically appealed for a penalty after diving theatrically over a Bryan Robson challenge. England might have snatched it in the second half, but for Gary Lineker steering a free header over the bar, from a John Barnes cross, then shooting wide, with just the keeper to beat.
England – Shilton; Stevens, Adams (Walker 64), Butcher, Pearce; Waddle, Webb, Robson, Barnes (Cottee 79); Beardsley, Lineker. Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson (Schiller 77), Hysen, Ljung, Larsson; Prytz, Thern, Stromberg, Pettersson; J.Nilsson, Holmqvist (Ekstrom 63).
Att – 65,628.
Sweden 0, England 0, Rasunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sept 6, 1989.
Anyone notice a pattern developing Goalless again between Group Two's top two teams, but England still booked their place at Italia 90, as Terry Butcher stemmed the flow of Swedish attacks but not the flow of blood from a first-half clash of heads with Johnny Ekstrom. Patched up by the medical staff and sent back out with the cut stitched and bandaged, Butcher would insist on getting his head to one cross after another, opening up the wound each time and turning the dressing, and the front of his England shirt, crimson. The result was all that mattered, and he happily beamed for the cameras at the end.
Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson, Hysen, Ljung, Larsson; Enqvist, Thern, Ingesson (Stromberg 72), Magnusson; J.Nilsson (Limpar 77), Ekstrom. England – Shilton; Stevens, Walker, Butcher, Pearce; Waddle, Webb (Gascoigne 72), McMahon, Barnes (Rocastle 76); Beardsley, Lineker.
Att – 38,558.
Sweden 2, England 1, Rasunda Stadium, June 17, 1992.
England needed a win from their final European Championship group game and looked on course when David Platt converted a Gary Lineker cross after only three minutes. But it soon turned sour. And how. Gary Lineker was so dismayed at being substituted that he ended his international career there and then, on 80 caps and 48 goals, just one short of Bobby Charlton's scoring record. Jan Eriksson had already equalised, and when Tomas Brolin swopped passes with Martin Dahlin and fired home a late winner, Lineker wasn't the only one gunning for Graham Taylor. So were the headline writers, with Swedes 2, Turnips 1 the most scathing.
Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson, Eriksson, Andersson, Schwarz; Ingesson, Bjorklund, Thern, Limpar (Ekstrom 46); Brolin, Dahlin. England – Woods; Palmer, Keown, Walker, Pearce; Daley, Batty, Platt, Webb, Sinton (Merson 79); Lineker (Smith 64).
Eriksson 51 Platt 3 Brolin 82
Att – 30,126.
Sweden 2, England 1, Rasunda Stadium, September 5, 1998
England could hardly have made a better start to this European Championship Group Five qualifier, after Alan Shearer fired a free-kick past Coventry City keeper Magnus Hedman after just 74 seconds. Once more, the initiative was surrendered, though, as Andreas Andersson levelled in the 32nd minute and Johan Mjallby punished a series of defensive howlers with what was to prove the winner soon after. To make matters worse, Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to receive his marching orders, after picking up a booking for a first-half foul and then testing Pierluigi Collina's patience once too often with a 67th-minute challenge on Henrik Larsson.
Sweden – Hedman; R.Nilsson, Bjorklund, Kaamark (Lucic 82), P.Andersson; A.Andersson (D.Andersson 90), Mjallby, Schwarz, Pettersson; Ljungberg, Larsson. England – Seaman; Southgate, Adams, Campbell (Merson 75), Le Saux; Anderton (Lee 43), Ince, Redknapp, Scholes (Sheringham 87); Shearer, Owen.
A.Andersson 32, Shearer 2 Mjallby 33
Att – 35,394.
England 0, Sweden 0, Wembley, June 5, 1999.
There was a minute's silence to mark the passing of 1966 World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, but a sorry tally of one effort on target by shot-shy England scarcely counted as a fitting tribute, in a low-key Euro 2000 qualifier. Alan Shearer picked up his 50th cap, but there was a less distinguished entry into the record books for Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. Two late tackles on ex-Arsenal midfielder Stefan Schwarz, in the 27th and 51st minutes, brought him two yellow cards and made him the first England player to be dismissed on home soil.
England – Seaman; P.Neville, Keown (Ferdinand 34), Campbell, Le Saux (Gray 46); Beckham (Parlour 75), Batty, Sherwood, Scholes; Cole, Shearer. Sweden – Hedman; R.Nilsson, Bjorklund, Kaamark, P.Andersson; K.Andersson, Mjallby (D.Andersson 82), Ljungberg, Schwarz; Mild (Alexandersson 69), Larsson (Svensson 6).
Att – 75,824.
England 1, Sweden 1, June 2, 2002.
England must have felt they were finally on track to end their Swedish hoodoo after Sol Campbell rose to plant an unstoppable header past Hedman from a David Beckham cross. But they had to settle for a point, in this World Cup Group F opener, after one-time Sheffield Wednesday winger Niclas Alexandersson pounced on hesitancy from Danny Mills to force home a second-half equaliser. Campbell's goal was his first for England, while Beckham was earning his 50th cap.
England – Seaman; Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell, A.Cole; Beckham (Dyer 63), Hargreaves, Scholes, Vassell (J.Cole 74); Owen, Heskey. Sweden – Hedman; Mjallby, Mellberg, Jakobsson, Lucic; Alexandersson, Linderoth, M.Svensson (A.Svensson 56), Allback (Andersson 80); Ljungberg, Larsson.
Campbell 24, Alexandersson 59 Saitama-shi, Japan
Att – 52,721.
England 2, Sweden 2, June 20, 2006.
A sight almost as familiar as the final score disrupted England's plans in the opening minute, as Michael Owen ruptured a cruciate ligament and hobbled off, to be replaced three minutes later by Peter Crouch. England might have drawn inspiration from a stunning opening goal from Joe Cole, who controlled the ball on his chest near the left flank and unleashed a volley that flew into the top far corner. Instead, they allowed themselves to be pegged back twice, in this World Cup Group B game, Henrik Larsson's last-minute equaliser preserving a remarkable 38-year old unbeaten record against England for the Swedes.
England – Robinson; Carragher, Ferdinand (Campbell 56), Terry, A.Cole; Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, J.Cole; Rooney (Gerrard 69), Owen (Crouch 4). Sweden – Isaksson; Alexandersson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman; Linderoth (D.Andersson 90), Kallstrom, Jonsson (Wilhelmsson 54), Ljungberg; Allback (Elmander 74), Larsson.
J.Cole 34 Allback 51 Gerrard 85 Larsson 90, Cologne
Att – 45,000.