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Saturday, 5 September 1998
European Championship 2000 Group Five qualification match

Sweden 2 England 1 [2-1]

Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län
Attendance: 35,394;
Kick-off: 6.00pm local, tbc BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

England - Alan Shearer (1)
Sweden -  Andreas Andersson (deflected in off Adams 30), Johan Mjallby (32)
Match Summary
Sweden Squad
England Squad
England - Michael Owen (7), Paul Ince (first half & 67), Jamie Redknapp (82).
Sweden - Stefan Schwarz (24).
Red Card: England - Paul Ince (67)
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (black) - Pierluigi Collini
38 (13 February 1960), Bologna, FIFA listed 1995.

Assistant Referees - Sergio Zuccolini and Claudio Puglisi.

Fourth official - Fiorenzo Treossi.

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Sweden Team



FIFA (19 August 1998) 31st
EFO ranking

ELO rating 17th to 16th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow shadow striped lace-up collared jerseys with blue collar/cuffs/Adidas trim, blue shorts with yellow side panel and blue Adidas trim/hem, yellow socks.
Capt: Patrik Andersson Manager: Tommy Soderberg, 49 (19 August 1948), appointed 13 October 1997,
8th match, W 4 - D 2 - L 2 - F 7 - A 6.
Sweden Lineup
1 Hedman, Magnus C. 25 19 March 1973 G Coventry City FC, England   GA
2 Nilsson, N. Roland 34 27 November 1963 D Coventry City FC, England    
3 Andersson, Patrik 27 18 August 1971 D Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach eV, Germany    
4 Bjorklund, Joachim 27 15 March 1971 D Valencia CF SAD, Spain    
5 Kamark, Pontus S., off 82nd min. 29 5 April 1969 D Leicester City FC, England    
6 Schwarz, Stefan 29 18 April 1969 M Valencia CF SAD, Spain    
7 Andersson, Andreas, off 90th min. 24 10 April 1974 F Newcastle United FC, England    
8 Mjallby, Johan 27 9 February 1971 M Allmanna Idrottsklubben    
9 Ljungberg, K. Fredrik 21 16 April 1977 M Halmstads BK    
10 Larsson, Henrik 26 20 September 1971 F The Celtic FC, Scotland    
11 Pettersson, Jorgen 22 29 September 1975 M 1. FC Kaiserslautern eV, Germany    
Sweden Substitutes
13 Lucic, Teddy, on 82nd min. for Kamark 25 15 April 1973 D Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy    
15 Andersson, Daniel, on 90th min. for A. Andersson. 21 28 August 1977 M FC Bari 1908 SpA, Italy    

unused substitutes:

12-Magnus Kihlstedt, 14-Garry Sundgren, 15-Magnus Erlingmark, 17-Magnus Svensson, 18-Pär Zetterberg.
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England Team



FIFA (19 August 1998) 10th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 8th to 9th
Colours: The 1997 Umbro away uniform - Red shadow striped collared jersey, navy collar/cuffs with white/red trim, white shorts with red/navy lower side panel, red socks with two navy hoops.
Capt: Alan Shearer, fifteenth captaincy Manager: Glenn Hoddle, 40 (27 October 1957), appointed 2 May 1996, effective 27 June 1996,
25th match, W 15 - D 5 - L 5 - F 37 - A 13.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 34 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 45 x GA
2 Campbell, Sulzeer J., off 75th min. 23 18 September 1974 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 21 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 29 17 October 1968 LB Chelsea FC 30 1
Ince, Paul E.C. 30 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 44 2
Paul Ince was sent off in the 67th min. for two cautionable offences.  His first offence was in the first half, his second offence, in the 67th min. was after a foul on Henrik Larsson. Suspended.
5 Adams, Tony A. 31 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 56 4
6 Southgate, Gareth 28 3 September 1970 D Aston Villa FC 28 0
7 Anderton, Darren R., off 43rd min. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 6
8 Redknapp, Jamie F. 25 25 June 1973 M Liverpool FC 9 0
9 Shearer, Alan 28 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 44 21
10 Owen, Michael J. 18 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 10 3
11 Scholes, Paul, off 86th min 23 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 12 4
England Substitutes
15 Lee, Robert M., on 43rd min. for Anderton 32 1 February 1966 M Newcastle United FC 19 2
16 Merson, Paul C., on 75th min. for Campbell 30 20 March 1968 M Middlesbrough FC 20 2
17 Sheringham, Edward P., on 86th min. for Scholes 32 2 April 1966 F Manchester United FC 36 9

unused substitutes:

12-Martin Keown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Andrew Hinchcliffe, 18-Ian Wright.

team notes:

Paul Ince is the sixth player to be sent-off for England, becoming the first black player to do so, the first to be sent-off in consecutive England matches, and the oldest player so far to be ordered off.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

Three months after the disappointment of their controversial World Cup exit to Argentina in St-Etienne, there was more sorrow for Glenn Hoddle's England as they began the Euro 2000 qualifying campaign with the worst possible result - a defeat.  England's line-up in the Rasunda was an adventurous one, with an attack-minded midfield that included Anderton and Le Saux as wing-backs, but there needed to be more ball-winners to protect a three-man defence.

England enjoyed a terrific start to the match, Alan Shearer scoring after just two minutes from a free-kick, and they were dominant for the first twenty minutes or so.  Then a lot of the passing started to go awry and the Swedes took advantage by charging forcefully at a hard-pressed English defence.  The frustrating thing for Hoddle was that both Swedish goals were definitely avoidable.  For the first on the half-hour, Seaman spilled a clever Schwarz free-kick and Andre[as] Andersson followed up smartly with a shot that deflected off Adams and wrong-footed his goalkeeper.

Worse was to follow for the visitors as Kaamark's cross eluded Southgate, Seaman failed to advance to meet the danger and the ball bounced conveniently off Scholes for Mjallby to sneak in for a header.  2-1 to Sweden.  England then endured a difficult spell in which there seemed to be minimal contact between midfield and attack.  Clearly the team was struggling, with no obvious prospect of getting that precious equaliser.

Shearer, finally, had a chance with a header from Anderton's corner.  But it came to nothing and when the Tottenham player later limped off, England's shape suffered even more.  Their two central strikers, Owen and Shearer, were forced to head for the wings to try to get the ball.  All in all a bad game for England, with Ince sent off.  But Bulgaria, their next opponents, had gone down 3-0 at home to Poland.  Surely there were points up for grabs at Wembley next month.
  - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)