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Sweden 2-2 England
Tuesday, 20 June 2006




Sweden v England - Group B

Group B
Cologne
Tuesday, 20 June
Kick-off: 2000 BST
How to follow the game:
Live on BBC Radio Five Live & the BBC Sport website


Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen will start up front together for England against Sweden, as expected.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has named his team for the Group B decider in Cologne, with Rooney starting a game for the first time since breaking his foot.

Steven Gerrard, who is one booking away from a ban, is taken out of the team with Owen Hargreaves replacing him.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out, again as expected, with Marcus Allback taking the star striker's place for Sweden.

Sweden: Isaksson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman, Linderoth, Alexandersson, Ljungberg, Larsson, Kallstrom, Jonson, Allback.

England: Robinson, A Cole, Ferdinand, Terry, Beckham, Lampard, Rooney, Owen, J Cole, Carragher, Hargreaves.

Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).

PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP

1740 BST: The sheer number of England fans in the city means Cologne has had to construct a extra Fan Fest area to cope. It is a vast festival-like waste ground on the opposite side of the Rhine called the Deutz. From hours before kick-off, thousands of England fans have already streamed in. They are playing football, singing songs and have watched Germany beat Ecuador 3-0. If England do win they will play Ecuador and fans here fancy our chances.
Claire Heald, BBC News in Cologne.

1735 BST: The anticipation levels continue to rise in Cologne. And England and Sweden fans now know the permutations in terms of who they could face in the second stage. An England win or draw will guarantee a match against Ecuador. If England lose, they are playing Germany.

1655 BST: England and Sweden fans are at the stadium in their thousands hours before kick-off - and many are keeping themselves amused by playing beach football on specially-built pitches. There has also been a desperate search for television screens to watch the closing stages of the game between Germany and Ecuador to check out the form of their next opponents.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne.

1600 BST: In a spirit of fan friendship Tobias Hausen and Fabian Hoppert are German but wearing England shirts. They are celebrating their own country's good first-half display against Ecuador but are off to the England-Sweden game later. They say England and Germany must win to avoid facing each other in the next round, because England could be too good for the hosts.
Claire Heald, BBC News in Cologne.

1545 BST: Up to 70,000 England fans are expected in Cologne, and ahead of kick-off it looks like they have arrived on time. Every street is filled with red and white shirts, supporters and their flags. It is boisterous, hot and packed in the Old Town. Fourteen fans were arrested on Monday night, but six lads from Norwich - enjoying a beer at the Heumarkt Fan Fest - say the atmosphere is fantastic and all good-natured so far. And having beaten a Swedish team at their campsite 10-3 last night, they are optimistic England will raise their game - after two mixed performances so far.
Claire Heald, BBC News in Cologne.

1448 BST: Large groups of Germany fans are on the streets in Cologne as their side prepare to play Ecuador. They are in confident mood as they look for screens on which to take in the action from Berlin. England's fans have also gathered in large numbers in the city centre, but many are already starting to make their way to the stadium, which is 20 minutes' drive away, even though it's still hours to kick-off.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne.

1421 BST: We're good enough to win the game, it's not a match we need to be worried about. It's sensible to leave Gerrard out and I'm pleased we'll see Owen and Rooney, but I doubt Rooney will play 90 minutes. It's a match without pressure because we've qualified, so let's play to win, it's in our hands. But we have to improve, we've only had a good half hour so far in each game. We have to put two halves together and show a strong performance.
Sir Bobby Robson on BBC Radio Five Live.

1350 BST: I'm hoping to see a decent football match. The fact that we've got Rooney and Owen up front should mean we play it on the deck a bit more. I'm predicting a narrow win for England, although if it's still 0-0 with 15 minutes to go I think both teams will settle for a draw.
Former England midfielder Matt Le Tissier on BBC Radio Five Live.

1340 BST: I'll be watching the game at a tennis club in London with my fellow Swedish tennis players Mikael Pernfors and Anders Jarryd. We will be surrounded by English fans but dressed in our Swedish clothes and making as much noise as we can. I think we will go for the win. We played OK against Paraguay but need a good game to build up confidence going into the knockout rounds.
Former Swedish tennis ace Mats Wilander on BBC Radio Five Live.

1318 BST: I'm so confident England will be knocked out in the next round, I'm putting a month's wages on it - around 2,000.
Email from Five Live listener Alex to Simon Mayo.

1300 BST: It is just two hours until Germany meet Ecuador and England will have more of an idea about who they are likely to meet in the next round. But England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson claims the squad will not be paying much attention to the game as it will disrput their preparations for their game in Cologne.

1212 BST: British police warned the relative calm that has marked the World Cup so far may be put to the test on Tuesday. Stephen Thomas, a British constable working with German and Swedish police in Cologne, fears there is potential trouble between Germany fans celebrating a potential win and 50,000 England supporters. He said: "I think it's a very difficult day today. It's going to be the most challenging day of the tournament so far." Police detained 15 England fans in Cologne for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

1145 BST: Sweden's stars had a fright on the flight over to Cologne from their training base in Bremen. The plane they were aboard experienced difficulties and caused a brief moment of panic on board. With thunderstoms and clouds covering the airport the pilot decided to take the plane up again and retry the landing. At the second time of asking the plane eventually touched down for a clean landing. No damage was done apart from a few spilled meatballs apparently.

1133 BST: German police arrested known Swedish hooligans last night, according to Swedish TV. The eight people were not involved in any fights but they were near to the scene of one in Cologne.

1129 BST: England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has been given the support of Sir Clive Woodward, who led the country's rugby team to World Cup glory three years ago. He said: "When we won the rugby World Cup we did not play well at all in the first few games."

1119 BST: Everybody is talking about Argentina but I think they have peaked too early, while we are on a steady curve. I'm not sure we are going to win it but I bet Argentina don't.
Frank Skinner on BBC Radio Five Live.

1053 BST: I think for defenders it's great to have a holding midfielder because they protect - but if you are talking about Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard they are two great players. It would be hard to justify having one of them on the bench. They are the two guys who are at the top of the English and European game who are doing it consistently and have scored more than 40 goals between them last season.
Rio Ferdinand on BBC Radio Five Live.

1050 BST: Happy birthday Frank Lampard. The Chelsea midfielder is 28 today and hopes to celebrate by getting on the scoresheet. He said: "I've got all my family coming over for the game and there will be no better present than to score and be part of a good team performance and an England win."

1038 BST: Hopes that England's third group game will be a more open affair than their previous games against Paraguay and Trinidad & Tobago were boosted by Lars Lagerback comments that his side will be going for the win. He said: "If we can win the game it gives us an extra day of rest. We need at least to get a draw but we always try to win."

1033 BST: Hundreds of fans of all nations - including Brazil, Italy, Germany, Sweden and England have gathered around Cologne's cathedral. There is a group of 20 England fans kitted out in lederhosen who are proving a huge hit with the locals.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Cologne.

1002 BST: Wayne Rooney's youthful exuberance had to be put in check on Monday. Apparently the fit-again striker wanted to stay behind and play in goal as David Beckham practised his free-kicks, but his request was denied. Sven-Goran Eriksson obviously wants to wrap him up in cotton wool - until this evening anyway.

0949 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to training may have alerted Sven-Goran Eriksson to alter his tactics slightly in preparation for a surprise start from the striker. But the Swedish media are not confident that he will make the starting 11. They believe he is more likely to feature in the next round should Sweden get their draw.

0941 BST: England's players do not look like they will get much respite from the weather. It is another desperately humid day in Cologne - and there may be more of the huge rainstorms that hit the city several times yesterday. Many England fans have opted for a spot of early sight-seeing at Cologne's famous cathedral, perhaps saying a silent prayer or two for a victory against Sweden tonight.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Colgne.

0928 BST: Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet expects Mattias Jonson to start on the right of midfield instead of Christian Wilhelmsson who will be rested. Lars Lagerback is thought to be worried about Joe Cole's trickery and runs going forward and believes Jonson, who is more defensive than Wilhelmsson, will be able to contain him.

0924 BST: We go on about long balls but sometimes you can get goals from long balls. I just think we have got a bit carried away with the long balls in the last couple of games. I'm looking forward to a good performance tonight - I think England will win 2-0.
Wigan boss Paul Jewell on BBC Radio Five Live.

0848 BST: I was very impressed with Aaron Lennon. He was terrific and it was a great World Cup debut for him. Sometimes you need a kid to come through. Martin Peters, who knows a tiny bit about football, has been telling me all season he wouldn't be surprised if he went to the World Cup. It doesn't matter how you start a tournament it's how you finish it. We got booed off the park in the first game in 1966.
Sir Geoff Hurst again, this time on BBC News 24.

0812 BST: England need a spark to ignite everything. It takes two to tango and I cannot see Sweden coming at England at full throttle. I have this dread that they will kick off and then both teams will retreat. Sven is in danger of putting himself in Sweden's version of the tower by putting them out. England need a point to win the group and Sweden will be happy with that as well.
BBC Five Live's football correspondent Mike Ingham.

0807 BST: I think England have a chance of winning the tournament. The first round is always very cagey. If we get it right I think we are one of half a dozen teams that can win it. The knock-out stages are a different kind of tournament. We have qualified comfortably and should win the group. We certainly want to avoid Germany in Munich. I'd settle for playing them in the final.
Sir Geoff Hurst on BBC Radio Five Live.

0743 BST: Sweden will have a go at England, they don't sit back and they believe they can beat any team. Hopefully we'll see England a bit more creative and it will be an open game. I'd rather play Ecuador in the next round as they'd feel a bit of pressure and play an open game, attractive football and their back four do leave a few gaps. Germany are on a high and they would have 95% of the fans.
Chris Waddle on BBC Radio Five Live.

0738 BST: The FA has finally got into the World Cup spirit and decided to fly the England flag from its Soho Square headquarters. The FA had said it was because they didn't have a pole on the roof, but has got round the problem by attaching flags to the windows.



SEE ALSO
World Cup 2006 group scenarios
19 Jun 06 |  World Cup 2006
Cologne - RheinEnergieStadion
03 Dec 05 |  Venues
England match reaction
19 Jun 06 |  England
Terry Butcher's view on England
19 Jun 06 |  England
Owen excited about Rooney return
19 Jun 06 |  England
Sweden match reaction
19 Jun 06 |  Sweden


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