England v Sweden - Euro 2012

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England team train ahead of Sweden gameAP

If England win against Sweden in Kiev it'll be the first time they've ever beaten the team in a competitive game.

The pressure is on for Roy's boys for their second Euro 2012 match after drawing 1-1 with France on Monday.

Hodgson is ready to take a gamble by bringing back Andy Carroll to play up front with Danny Welbeck.

He'll be hoping the big man's super headers bring in the goals by exploiting vulnerability in the Scandinavians' defence.

Team captain Steven Gerrard is feeling confident, saying, "With all respect to Sweden, who are a good, strong team, they're not France so we can be more bold and ambitious and get at them."

"If we perform to the same level we're confident of victory."

England v Sweden facts

  • No country has ever stayed unbeaten in eight games against England.
  • Four of the last six meetings have ended level, including each of the last three competitive games.
  • Sweden have lost their last three Euro matches - their worst run of defeats in tournament history.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in each of Sweden's last four matches.
  • England have failed to score more than once in their last seven matches at major tournaments - since a 2-2 World Cup draw with Sweden in 2006 when Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard both scored.
  • England made the lowest percentage of passes (51%) in the opposition half of any team in the first round of group games.