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RĂ¥sundastadion (ATT 49,967) 14th November 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: S Oddvar Moen

Sweden Sweden vs England England

Sweden 4

Z Ibrahimovic (20, 77, 84, 90+1)


England 2

D Welbeck (35)
S Caulker (38)

All eyes on Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Leon Osman & Wilfried Zaha

Last Updated: 14/11/12 6:30pm

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It promises to be a night of landmarks for England when they take on Sweden in a friendly international in Stockholm on Wednesday night.

Steven Gerrard's 100th cap and debuts for Raheem Stirling, Wilfried Zaha, Steven Caulker and Leon Osman have added significance to the game at the official opening of the Friends Arena.

Roy Hodgson, who enjoyed a successful club management career in Sweden, has seen captain Gerrard pass a precautionary scan on his knee and the midfielder will take his place in the first XI and become an England centurion.

The Liverpool skipper will be just the sixth player to join Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright in the exclusive club.

Gerrard's 100th cap is in contrast to 17-year-old Stirling and 31-year-old Osman, who will be earning their respective firsts in the biggest age gap between England debutants since World War II.

Crystal Palace starlet Zaha is likely to feature for his own debut in the second half amid a lot of excitement about the forward's future.

Zaha's inclusion, though, could also be seen as an indication England boss Hodgson is having to look to the Championship to find players who are earning regular first-team opportunities.

Hodgson will also know, amid all the hype about new players, there is a game to be won and he will want a repeat of the victory over Sweden from the group stages of Euro 2012.

That 3-2 success was slightly more dramatic than the boss would have liked but any victory in Stockholm would end England's long wait for a win in Sweden, which dates back to 1965.

Hodgson has taken the unusual step of already naming his starting XI and it includes Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Caulker alongside Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson and Leighton Baines in defence.

Gerrard and Osman are expected to sit in deep midfield, with the trio of Sterling, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young supporting main striker Danny Welbeck.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren will have star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his attacking options while West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson and Blackburn Rovers' Martin Olsson will also be familiar faces.

England's match odds have drifted out from 8/5 to 15/8 with Sky Bet in the build-up to the match after Roy Hodgson named his experimental line-up, with Sweden's price contracting slightly to 7/5.

Steven Gerrard is 11/4 to mark his 100th cap by scoring with Raheem Sterling 5/1 to find the net on his international debut, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is recognised as Sweden's biggest threat as the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

Possible starting line-ups:

Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, J.Olsson, Granqvist, M.Olsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Berg, Ibrahimovic, Kacaniklic.

England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines, Gerrard, Osman, Sterling, Cleverley, Young, Welbeck.

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