Sweden vs England, Friendly: Open Thread

England plays Sweden in Stockholm today in a friendly where Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will earn his first cap.

England was invited to play as Sweden’s opponent in this historic match. It’ll mark the inaugural match at the Friends Stadium. Plus, it marks the 100th cap for Steven Gerrard, who is set to join the elite group of English footballers who have amassed 100 or more caps for their country.

The game will mark the first cap for Everton midfielder Leon Osman, who will play as a left-sided midfielder in front of his clubmate Leighton Baines, at left back. On the right wing, you have Steven Gerrard who will have Liverpool right back Glen Johnson behind him and Sterling in front of him.

Up front for England is the triumvirate of Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley in a central midfield role, while Ashley Young takes up the left wing position and Danny Welbeck is the striker up top.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on GolTV.

Before, during and after today’s England friendly, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.


31 thoughts on “Sweden vs England, Friendly: Open Thread”

  1. nice finish by caulker for the goal too, oh..& Andy Townsend Is an idiot Caulker has defended well too, I think Roy really needs to let Caulker and Cahill get a partnership going.

  2. I think the England fans singing "1-0 and you f*** it up" song didn't help Anglo Sverige relations.

    there is a testy history between Sweden and England, typified by the famous rant by the sweedish commentator adding the "Take that Maggie Thatcher" after beating England (in the early 80's I think)

    1. Right part of Europe, wrong country:


      Both vikings I suppose.

    1. It's a ploy to make sure he doesn't get a big money transfer. He's been offered a 6 year extension by Stoke.

  3. not a big Gerard fan, but Huddlestone coming on for him is just wrong, Caulkers torn shirt is evidence of how tough it is to mark ibrahimavic, and now shawcross can confirm that.

    1. Yes Hart's weak ass header but, what were Cahill and Shawcross doing? defending 101 is if your keeper is off his line out of his box, or going for a ball, get on the line, not run back and stop on the 6 yard line, and then run back when you see a shot...weak defending. A great finish, but no way should that have gone in.

      Only other manager with a better starting record than roy Hodgson, Graham "the turnip" Taylor...who failed to qualify England for the US 94 world cup. Coincidence? I think not

  4. Actually, England did not play that poorly. Hart the sloppiest. Ibra just gave them a spanking. Look for his 4th goal on YouTube. Ridiculous!


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