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England National Football Team Match No. 758

England 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]

Saturday, 5 June 1999

Match Summary and Report

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, 5 June 1999 - The team that faced Sweden.
Back row - Phil Neville, Martin Keown, David Seaman, David Batty, Tim Sherwood, Sol Campbell.
Front row - Alan Shearer (captain),
David Beckham, Graham Le Saux, Paul Scholes, Andrew Cole.

Match Summary

Status: European Championship 2000 Preliminary Group 5 qualification match.
Venue: Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, capacity 79,045.
Attendance: 75,824.
Goals: None.
Cautions: England - Paul Scholes, 27th min., foul (late tackle on Schwarz);
England - Andrew Cole, 33rd min., unsporting behaviour (refusing to retreat);
Sweden - Magnus Hedman, 38th min., unsporting behaviour (delaying a free-kick);
Sweden - Stefan Schwarz, 49th min., foul;
England - Paul Scholes, 51st min., foul (late tackle on Schwarz);
England - David Batty, 58th min., foul (late tackle);
England - Alan Shearer, 78th min., foul (elbow);
Sweden - Kennet Andersson, 90th+ min., foul (late tackle);
Expulsions: England - Paul Scholes, 51st min., second cautionable offence.
Referee - Jos� Maria Garcia-Aranda Encinar, 43, Spain, FIFA-listed 1993;
Assistant Referee
- Modesto Vazquez Riveiro, 43, Spain, and Fernando Tresaco Gracia, 43, Spain;
Fourth Official
- Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin, Spain;
Conditions: Kickoff 3.00 p.m. BST;  Pitch excellent, rain showers in second half.
Miscellany: Teams presented to Dr Brian Davis (Nationwide Building Society Chief Executive); England mascot is Hannah McArdle, 9 years old, Woking;
Notes: A minute's silence was observed before the match as a mark of respect following the death of Sir Alf Ramsey.




Goal Attempts - -
Attempts on Target 1 -
Hit Bar/Post - -
Corner Kicks Won - -
Offside Calls Against - -
Fouls Conceded - -
Time of Possession - -


England Team

Ranking: 11th in FIFA ranking of 30 May 1999; 9th in Elo world ranking before this match and 9th after this match.
Colours: Red shadowed striped shirts with navy collar, white shorts with red trim, red socks.  The 1997 "away" uniform.
Coach: J. Kevin Keegan, 48, appointed temporary manager 17 February 1999 and full-time manager 14 May 1999,
3rd match, W 1 - D 2 - L 0 - F 4 - A 2.
Captain: Alan Shearer, 21st captaincy. 

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 51 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Philip J. 21-Jan-1977 22 D Manchester United FC 16 0 1996-active
3-Le Saux, Graeme P., sub off 46th min. 17-Oct-1968 30 D Chelsea FC 35 1 1994-2000
4-Sherwood, Timothy A. 06-Feb-1969 30 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0 1999
5-Keown, Martin R., sub off 35th min. 24-Jul-1966 32 D Arsenal FC 23 1 1992-2002
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 0 1996-active
7-Beckham, David R.J., sub off 75th min. 02-May-1975 24 M Manchester United FC 23 1 1996-active
8-Batty, David 02-Dec-1968 30 M Leeds United AFC 39 0 1991-1999
9-Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 50 23 1992-2000
10-Cole, Andrew A. 15-Oct-1971 27 F Manchester United FC 5 0 1995-2001
11-Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 24 M Manchester United FC 17 7 1997-2004

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
14-Ferdinand, Rio G., sub on 35th min. for Keown 07-Nov-1978 20 D West Ham United FC 8 0 1997-active
12-Gray, Michael, sub on 46th min. for Le Saux 03-Aug-1974 24 D Sunderland AFC 2 0 1999
16-Parlour, Raymond, sub on 75th min. for Beckham 07-Mar-1973 26 M Arsenal FC 2 0 1999-2000

4-4-2 with one of the midfielders playing in advance of the others and no true left-sided midfielder (4-3-1-2):

Seaman -
Neville, Keown (Ferdinand), Campbell, Le Saux (Gray) -
Beckham (Parlour), Batty, Sherwood -
Scholes -
Shearer, Cole.

Not Used:
13-Ian Walker, 15-Jamie Redknapp, 17-Teddy Sheringham, 18-Robbie Fowler.

Sweden Team

Ranking: 14th in FIFA ranking of 30 May 1999; 14th in Elo world ranking before this match and 14th after this match.
Colours: Yellow shirts, blue shorts, yellow socks; made by Adidas.
Coach: Tommy S�derberg, 50, appointed 13 October 1997,
15th match, W 9 - D 3 - L 3 - F 14 - A 9.
Captain: Patrik Andersson.

Sweden Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Hedman, Magnus C. 19-Mar-1973 26 G Coventry City FC, England 16 0 1997-2004
2-Nilsson, N. Roland 27-Nov-1963 35 D Helsingborgs IF 102 1 1986-2000
3-Andersson, Patrik 18-Aug-1971 27 D VfL 1900 Borussia M�nchengladbach, Germany 70 2 1992-2002
4-Bj�rklund, Joachim 15-Mar-1971 28 D Valencia CF, Spain 67 0 1992-2000
5-K�mark, Pontus S. 05-Apr-1969 30 D Leicester City FC, England 45 0 1990-2002
6-Schwarz, Stefan 18-Apr-1969 30 M Valencia CF, Spain 62 6 1990-2001
7-Mild, H�kan, sub off 69th min. 14-Jun-1971 27 M IFK G�teborg 51 6 1991-2001
8-Mj�llby, Johan, sub off 82nd min. 09-Feb-1971 28 M The Celtic FC, Scotland 11 2 1997-2004
9-Ljungberg, K. Fredrik 16-Apr-1977 22 M Arsenal FC, England 10 2 1998-active
10-Larsson, Henrik, sub off 6th min. 20-Sep-1971 27 F The Celtic FC, Scotland 42 9 1993-active
11-Andersson, Kennet 06-Oct-1967 31 F Bologna FC 1909, Italy 69 0 1990-2000

Sweden Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
17-Svensson, Magnus, sub on 6th min. for Larsson 10-Mar-1969 30 M Viking FK, Norway 5 0 1996-2003
15-Alexandersson, Niclas, sub on 69th min. for Mild 29-Dec-1971 27 M Sheffield Wednesday FC, England 35 3 1993-2002
16-Andersson, Daniel, sub on 82nd min. for Mj�llby 28-Aug-1977 21 M Bari AS, Italy 13 0 1998-2000


Not Used:
12-Magnus Kihlstedt, 13-Teddy Lucic, 14-Gary Sundgren, 18-Yksel Osmanovski.

Match Report


With Kevin Keegan having ended his involvement with Fulham to be confirmed as England's full time manager, his team went into a vital home tie with Group 5 leaders Sweden knowing that only victory would keep alive hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2000.  Sweden, five points up on England and with a 100% record in the qualifiers so far, had been something of a "bogey" side - England had not beaten them for 31 years.  Another huge Wembley crowd saw the visitors weather the anticipated early storm before settling down to cause the maximum frustration.  Poor England certainly played with spirit and character but they managed just one tame effort on target in the ninety minutes.  In the end a goalless draw was really no more than they deserved.

The match also proved to be a personal disaster for Paul Scholes, the hat-trick hero of the last Wembley qualifier with Poland.  In the first few minutes he horribly mistimed a challenge on Mild, studs connecting with thigh, and ended the Swedish midfielder's involvement there and then.  That indiscretion didn't even warrant a free-kick according to the Spanish referee but a yellow card was shown on 27 minutes as Scholes scythed down Schwarz.  The former Arsenal player was again on the receiving end six minutes into the second period and this time Scholes had to walk.  He became only the seventh England player in history to be dismissed - and the first at Wembley.

Sweden looked to be helping England comfortably at that stage, so it hardly helped the home team's cause to have to play nearly the whole of the second half a man short.  Just as they had done against Bulgaria at Wembley earlier in the season, England struggled to create anything worthwhile in the final third and the end result, another 0-0, was equally as unhelpful.  In fact, Sweden could easily have grabbed a goal themselves to considerably reduce England's prospects of even making the play-offs.  Larsson and Kennet Andersson missed with simple headers in front of goal and Ljungberg's curling free-kick from long range had Seaman nearly caught up in the netting as he stretched to touch the ball onto the bar and behind.

Prior to the match there was a minute's silence to mark the recent passing away of Sir Alf Ramsey at the age of 79.  He was England's manager from 1963 and 1974 and his team won the World Cup, as he promised they would, in 1966. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

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