Sunday, September 6, 1998 Published at 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Awful England suffer Stockholm shocker
The glum faces on England's bench sum up the mood
Sweden 2-1 England
England suffered a defensive nightmare at the start of their European qualifying campaign as they collapsed to defeat in an incident-packed Group Five game in Stockholm.
The result continues England's sorry record against Sweden - it is now more than 30 years since they tasted victory in the fixture.
First David Seaman did well to parry Stefan Schwarz's swerving 30th minute free-kick - but no one in the England defence picked up Andreas Andersson for the rebound, and his tame shot looped off Tony Adams into the net.
Two minutes later and England were behind.
The departure of Ince only added to Hoddle's woes.
The Liverpool midfielder, who was booked in the first half, was given his marching orders after 65 minutes following a late challenge on man of the match Henrik Larsson.
It had all begun so brightly for England.
When England were awarded a free-kick five yards outside the box, Shearer curled a right-foot shot around the wall and Swedish keeper Magnus Hedman could only help the ball into the net.
But just as England looked like building on their superb start, it all went horribly wrong.
After the break Mjallby and Andersson should have added to the score in the second half when they were presented with clear-cut chances, but both failed to make their headers count.
England never looked like getting back in the match, although Owen, Gareth Southgate and Graeme Le Saux all had half-chances.
Shearer felt he should have had a penalty deep into injury-time.
But, on a night when so little went England's way, it was never to be.
England football fans were involved in a stand-off with Swedish riot police as they left the stadium.
A police spokesman said windows were broken by some fans. "The trouble was in the stadium, but it was not serious," he added.
Sweden: Hedman, Nilsson, Andersson, Bjorklund, Kamark, Schwarz, Andersson, Mjallby, Ljungberg, Larsson, Pettersson.
England: Seaman, Adams, Southgate, Campbell, Le Saux, Anderton, Ince, Redknapp, Shearer, Owen, Scholes