England announce Wembley match against Sweden
Thursday 13 October 2011
England will get yet another chance to end their 43-year wait for a win against Sweden at Wembley next month.
The Scandinavians, who qualified for Euro 2012 as best runners-up following Tuesday's victory over Holland, will be England's second opponents of an international double-header, with the match arranged for November 15, three days after Fabio Capello's men take on world champions Spain.
It is one of the more remarkable statistics in England's international history that in 12 meetings since they recorded a 3-1 triumph at Wembley in 1968, when Sir Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and Roger Hunt all scored, the Three Lions have failed to secure a single victory against Sweden.
Eight of those games, including the last meeting, in Cologne during the 2006 World Cup, have ended in draws, with England losing on the other four occasions, all of which have been in Stockholm.
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, with the match being televised.
Although officials face a tough test trying to sell two fixtures in such close proximity at such short notice, the will do so knowing England finished with by far the highest average home attendance of any country during the Euro 2012 qualifying phase.
The Wembley average of 77,071 for the four matches far exceeded second best France (64,339).
Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington said: "The level of support the England team receives all around the globe is tremendous, and it's important we acknowledge that as often as we can.
"They travel great distances, Sofia and Podgorica most recently, to support the team.
"With these exciting fixtures at Wembley it's a great chance for us to play in front of our home support."
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