A History of England V Sweden

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Byline: Compiled by JOHN EDWARDS


Stockholm, May 21, 1923, Dahl 33, 83; Walker 22, 75, Thornwell 25, Moore 40; Att: 14,500

England, with just seven caps between them, travelled to Sweden for the first match between the two nations. Villa striker William Walker opened the scoring, Derby's George Thornewell made it two. Harry Dahl pulled one back but James Moore scored before the break. Walker and Dahl grabbed another each.


Wembley, October 19, 1988 Att: 65,628

This World Cup qualifier was England's first tournament game against Sweden, and, as has happened so many times since, it ended in deadlock. Chris Waddle thought he had scored, only to be pulled up for a foul on Glenn Hysen. Gary Lineker steered a free header over the bar, from a John Barnes cross, then shot wide with just the keeper to beat.


Stockholm, Sept 6, 1989 Att: 38,558

Anyone notice a pattern developing? Goalless again, but England still booked their place at Italia 90, as Terry Butcher stemmed the flow of Swedish attacks but not the flow of blood (left) from a clash of heads. Patched up, Butcher got his head to one cross after another. The result was all that mattered, and he was beaming at the end.


Stockholm, June 17, 1992 Eriksson 51, Brolin 82; Platt 3 Att: 30,126

England needed a win from their final Euro 92 group game but it all turned sour. Gary Lineker was so dismayed at being substituted that he ended his international career there and then, on 80 caps and 48 goals. …