England Need Win Tonight Against Sweden – Carroll To Start

England will need to go all out for a win tonight against Sweden, in the very last game of the second round of matches.

Andy Carroll – Newcastle lad to start up front for England

England play in the later game in Group D at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, after host nation  Ukraine take on a good looking French side at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

But for whatever reaosn England always find Sweden a difficult team to beat in competitive games,  and have never won one of their previous seven competitive meetings with the Scandinavian country.

But there are some signs that new manger Roy Hodgson, who knows all about Swedish football from his time managing at Malmo and Örebro SK,  will have England  attack Sweden tonight.

The news is that young 18 year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain will be on the bench, and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will come in and get his first taste of European action, up front at center-forward, so let’s hope Andy can rough up the Swedes just a little bit

Sweden are not good at defending crosses into the box, and it seems that Hodgson, who has studied films of the way Sweden play, plans to go after that supposed weakness in the Swedish rearguard.

England don’t absolutely need  to win tonight to keep their chances of progressing to the knockout rounds alive, but they will probably need at least 4 points from their remaining two games in the group, and the third game against the Ukraine could be a difficult match.

But if England can show the same defensive resilience they showed against France, but with more thoughts of actually going after the opposition, then a win tonight is entirely possible.

And that would put England nicely positioned to go through to the knockout  rounds of the competition, and anything less than that will be viewed as an England  failure in Euro 2012.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Yep I would say that is true

  • SBergenwall

    Jun 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Go Sweden!

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I think in general the thread is about right yes we have struggled against Sweden in the last dozen meetings but the longer you go without a win the closer you are to getting that win.

    And to be honest after watching the Sweden Ukraine game I feel that the Ukraine hold more of an attacking threat than Sweden so a win tonight would be excellent.

    If we can keep ibrahimovic under control then I feel we will have a good chance of a win.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Crazy Swedes!

  • rainrix

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Strangely pessimistic about this one. Sweden always seem to be englands bogie team. That being said they were pretty uninspiring against Ukraine

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Does any1 know if we recieve payments when carroll gets capped as he was a youth squad player??

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7
  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh well, there’s always the chance he might con the ref for a penalty I guess….

  • XtraTimeAndPens

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I think it’s probably a decent idea to go with Carroll and Wellbeck up top. Something like 6 of the 7 goals Sweden have conceded have been headers so there is clearly a weakness there. What Hodgson must be careful of though, is throwing English football back into the tactical dark ages by just slinging long balls up to the big man at every oppurtunity. It may work against Sweden but it won’t benefit English football in the long run.

    Also, I’ve got a blog at http://www.extratimeandpenalties.com which might interest some of you. There are posts on NUFC, France and the newest one is on Liverpool (our friends in the North West).

  • DannyA

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    william hill throwing money away with England and france to win tonight 3/1 EASY money haha

  • DannyA

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #11

    now iv said that i dont feel at all confident in England anymore 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    On a different note, Swansea has. just announced Michael Laudrup as their new manager 🙂

    What a scoop that is. Hope he gets time and funding to build a team around his philosophy 😉

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    *Sum’s up

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Sweden’s defence was not great against Ukraine so a hungry AC could really give them some problems as long as the rest of the squad can get the ball to that very important part of the park, which is just in front of AC’s forehead 😉

    Also we did beat them in our last meeting although that was a friendly there may still be a psychological advantage to be gained there if handled correctly.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Also to be fair to AC he was improving hand over fist towards the end of the season

  • geordie157

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Carroll will play and score tonight, 2-1 to England. Hopefully England are a but more adventurous going forward too!

  • geordie157

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #17

    I meant play well

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Just a thought now that “KK” or that klown kenny has departed AC may very well think he is back in the shop window and go all out to impress the newly appointed incumbent Brendon Rodgers so he could well play like the AC of old and run rampage over the Sweden defence.

    Hears’ hoping anyway. 😆

  • toonincheek

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sure Andy will be hungry (and thirsty, afterwards).

    Cupid –
    Longs balls (!) may not always be the answer, but
    I’m sure RoyH will change tactics to suit the match.
    The objective tonight is winning – that’s all that matters.
    Never mind the longer term for now.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonincheek @ # 19

    Haa haa see I never asked for the long ball game all I said was that the most important area of the park was that little bit in front of AC’s forehead, so set pieces like free kicks and corners should have been something’s that were practiced and understood.

    I also feel that getting down the sides and get the ball across the front of the six yard box would really cause the Swedes a lot of problems, as it has already been pointed out they are suspect to high balls in the box.

    And being completely honest AC is not too shabby with the ball at his feet if pointing in the right direction.

  • shearerclass09

    Jun 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    This euros has been a weird one for me so far kind of been suporting France. Over a dull England squad hope benny boy gets more of a run out for France today

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Carroll vs ibrahimavic.
    Not quite the same ring as shevchenko lol.
    Andys heading ability could really cause problems if mellberg is off his game again

  • toonincheek

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Supid – My bad.
    My post was really replying to XtraTime

  • toonincheek

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Cupid – that was a typo!

  • Beardo

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Don’t care about the result, all I care about is that there’s 3 or more goals in each match, to line my pockets for a night out!

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Toonincheek @ # 23/24

    Not a problem I have no real problem in someone taking one of my posts to task, (as long as it’s only one 😉 ) we all see things differently and that’s what generally makes things entertaining.

    I also think that there are times when someone types without thinking about how it could be read, and the other end of the stick where some half read something and get on their high horse.

    And then there is “Indian magpie” who doesn’t say much but strives so hard to “coincedently” post first 😉 by the way Indian not seen you post first for at least a couple of post what’s up you ill or something??? 😉 😆 😆

  • geordie157

    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #27

    hopefully Ben arfa will start today instead of malouda, should be an entertaining game but I’ve just gone and cursed it so nil nil probably now

  • geordiejamie89

    Jun 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    He’s a Judas, both him and Henderson are only in the England squad because they signed for Liverpool for inflated fees.
    Having said that I hope I’m wrong and Caroll goes on to be a top striker for England, I don’t see it though. I would have started Defoe ahead of Welbeck, and I would have had Crouch ahead of Caroll. Crouch has always scored goals.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    it used to annoy me that our only tactic was endlessly hoying it up to carroll when he wasn’t actually that bad on the deck.
    teams fall in to that trap when you’re 7ft.

    So England have gone from showing very little ambition to now going back to dark age route 1.

    Some people knock Spain’s tippy tappy football but surely that is the way to try and play with technical ability and great movement.

    People say it doesn’t always go anywhere but for the other team it is knackering and soul destroying chasing shadows for 90 mins, Just ask Ireland.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #30

    “He’s a Judas, both him and Henderson are only in the England squad because they signed for Liverpool for inflated fees.”

    Didn’t Carroll get his first cap whilst at Newcastle and a lot of us expected him to do good things for England? Let’s not let the fact he is a Judas cloud our judgement – god forbid 🙂

  • DannyA

    Jun 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #31

    yohan and debuchy standing tall 2getha hopefully in black and white next season!

  • hainesy

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #32

    My tweet prediction to Cabaye

    France 2 – 1 Ukraine
    Rami, Benzema and Yarmolenko.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Hainsey…I went 0-0 with the rain / lightning winning the match….looks like the shirt is mine 🙂

  • hainesy

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    If that was in anybodies prediction they should get the shirt! 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    It was in mine, did you think I was joking 😉

  • Mo Drysdale

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Team V Sweden ?






    1. Settled in defence
    2. Steadfast in midfield
    3. Attacking options

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Cabaye didnt make it easy for anyone to get that shirt anyway!

  • SmileyFace

    Jun 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #38

    I hope i don’t sound rude or anything, but do West Ham forums and Frieburg forums have Senegal – Cisse / Ba to start ? Carroll is history, why keep bringing him it ? I love the blog and the banter and the people, it’s just so frustrating at times !

  • Graeme

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Fabulous 3-2 win for England. From 1-0 up at half time to 2-1 down in 12 minutes of second half, they never stopped going at the turnips.

    Turning it round to win 3-2 was a determined effort that was great to watch, a superb display by England.


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