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Sunday, 2 June 2002
World Cup 2002 Finals First Phase Group F, match two

England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]

Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama-ken, Japan
Attendance: 62,561;
Kick-off: 6.30pm local, 10.30am BST
Live on ITV One (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

England - Sol Campbell (headed in a Beckham cross 24)
Sweden - Niclas Alexandersson
(a shot following Linderoth's cross that was cleared by Mills 59).
Match Summary
England Squad
Sweden Squad
Team Records
England - Sol Campbell (12)
Sweden - Marcus Allback (45th+2), Andreas Jakobsson (73).
Results 2000-2005

England kicked-off. 96 minutes (47 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Brazil




Referee (red) - Carlos Eugenio Simon
36 (3 September 1965), Braga, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Jorge Paulo Oliveira Gomes, 43 (23 April 1959), and Yuri Dupanov, 39 (7 June 1962), Belarus.

Fourth Official -
Mark Alexander Shield, 28 (2 September 1973), Queensland, Australia.
10 Goal Attempts 14
4 Attempts on Target 7
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 3
2 Offside Calls Against 1
14 Fouls Conceded 12
- Possession -

England Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, fourteenth captaincy.
Michael Owen 63rd min.
Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed manager 30 October 2000, effective 12 January 2001.
16th match, W 8 - D 6 - L 2 - F 34 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 38 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

69 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J. 25 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 8 0
3 Cole, Ashley 21 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 9 0
18 Hargreaves, Owen L. 21 20 January 1981 CM FC Bayern Munchen eV, Germany 7 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 23 0
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 27 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 47 1
Campbell cautioned in the 12th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he hacks down Henrik Larsson five yards outside the area.
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 63rd min. 27 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

50 6
8 Scholes, Paul 27 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 45 13
20 Vassell, Darius, off 74th min. 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 6 3
10 Owen, Michael J. 22 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 37 16
11 Heskey, Emile W.I. 24 11 January 1978 LM

Liverpool FC

25 3
England Substitutes
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 63rd min. for Beckham 20 8 November 1981 M West Ham United FC 7 0
23 Dyer, Kieron C., on 74th min. for Vassell 23 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 10 0

unused substitutes:

4-Trevor Sinclair, 9-Robbie Fowler, 12-Wes Brown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Martin Keown, 16-Gareth Southgate, 17-Teddy Sheringham, 21-Nicky Butt, 22-David James.
4-4-2 Seaman -
Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell,
A Cole -
(Dyer), Scholes, Hargreaves, Heskey -
Owen, Vassell
(J Cole).


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals - -


Sweden Team



FIFA (15 May 2002) 19th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 14th to 13th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue crew necked jerseys with yellow Adidas shoulder trim, white shorts with blue Adidas trim, blue socks with yellow calf hoop.
Capt: Johan Mjallby Head coaches: Tommy Soderberg, 53 (19 August 1948), and Lars Edvin Lagerback, 53 (16 July 1948), appointed joint-coaches in January 2000.
Sweden Lineup
1 Hedman, Magnus C. 29 19 March 1973 G

Coventry City FC, England

46 GA
2 Mellberg, E. Olof 24 3 September 1977 RB Aston Villa FC, England 23 0
16 Lucic, Teddy M.S. 29 15 April 1973 LB Allmanna IK 43 0
4 Mjallby, K. Johan S. 31 9 February 1971 CD The Celtic FC, Scotland 37 4
15 Jakobsson, B.J. Andreas 29 6 October 1972 CD FC Hansa Rostock eV, Germany 14 0
Jakobsson cautioned in the 73rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he pulls back Darius Vassell, after he breaks the last line of the Sweden defence.
6 Linderoth, Tobias J.H. 23 21 April 1979
born in France

Everton FC, England

21 1
7 Alexandersson, J. Niclas 30 29 December 1971 CM Everton FC, England 60 7
17 Svensson, J.T. Magnus, off 56th min. 33 10 March 1969 LM Brondbyernes IF, Denmark 26 2
9 Ljungberg, K. Fredrik 25 16 April 1977 CM Arsenal FC, England 33 2
10 Allback, Marcus C., off 80th min. 28 5 July 1973 F SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 20 9
Allback cautioned in the 2nd min. of the first half injury time for Dissent.
11 Larsson, Henrik E. 30 20 September 1971 F The Celtic FC, Scotland 69 21
Sweden Substitutes
8 Svensson, Anders G., on 56th min. for M Svensson 25 17 July 1976 D

Southampton FC, England

26 6
22 Andersson, Andreas C., on 80th min. for Allback 28 10 April 1974 F Allmanna IK 34 8

unused substitutes:

3-Patrik Andersson, 5-Michael Svensson, 13-Tomas Antonelius, 14-Erik Edman, 18-Mattias Jonson, 19-Pontus Farnerud, 20-Daniel Andersson, 21-Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 23-Andreas Isakson.

team notes:

Tobias Linderoth's father, Anders, captained Sweden against England in June 1979.
4-4-2 Hedman -
Mellberg, Mjallby, Jakobsson, Lucic -
Linderoth, Alexandersson, Ljungberg,
Magnus Svensson (A Svensson) -
(A Andersson), Larsson.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England began their World Cup campaign with an unconvincing draw against a Sweden team who dominated the second half and could easily have snatched victory.  Sol Campbell opened the scoring for England with a powerful header after 24 minutes, but Niclas Alexandersson deservedly equalised after 59 minutes following a Danny Mills blunder.

Both teams went in search of a winner but England had lost the momentum they enjoyed in the first half and Sweden seemed the likelier to score again.  Sven-Goran Eriksson's men were far from their best, adopting a direct approach that - while at times in the first-half effective - far too often allowed the opposition to claim possession.  Sweden were sluggish throughout the opening half but - following the introduction of Southampton's Anders Svensson - attacked with purpose from midfield after the break.

England now face Argentina on Friday without the win they so badly craved from their opening fixture, while Sweden play Nigeria. Eriksson's team made a positive, direct start to the match - pushing forward quickly to try and exploit a perceived lack of pace within the Sweden defence.  And their early endeavour was eventually rewarded with a goal.

An attacking foray by Ashley Cole led to the game's first corner - and Sol Campbell converted David Beckham's subsequent curling kick with a bullet header.  Campbell - who had a headed goal disallowed against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup - charged away to celebrate his first England goal. Cole shot viciously from long range eight minutes before half-time, but the ball was too close to Hedman, who comfortably saved.  Sweden created several half chances in the early phase of the second-half and Marcus Allback felt he should have been awarded a penalty when he was challenged by Ferdinand after 51 minutes.

Conversely, England began the second half hesitantly and were punished when Alexandersson equalised after 59 minutes.  Mills failed to clear the ball, which was eventually bundled out to the Swedish midfielder, who found space in a central position and fired home from 20 yards.  Alexandersson's shot was close to David Seaman but swerved through the air and deceived the Arsenal goalkeeper. Minutes later Seaman brilliantly saved from Teddy Lucic to prevent Sweden - now dominating - from taking the lead.  And after 64 minutes Seaman smothered another Lucic shot after a sweeping Swedish move had created a superb shooting opportunity.  England skipper David Beckham - ineffective through the second half - was substituted for Kieron Dyer after 63 minutes as England's grip on the game loosened.

Michael Owen shot against the side netting with 20 minutes left - but it was an isolated effort from a team struggling to remain on level terms.  Sweden pushed forward throughout the closing stages and continued to create half-chances.  Ragged England - by now totally lacking cohesion - held on for a point and have still not beaten Sweden since a 3-1 win in 1968.

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