England edge past Sweden

A revamped England side beat Sweden 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday night to end the international fixtures for the year on a high.

Fabio Capello rotated his squad to give some of the fringe players an outing, some of which made their debuts for their country.

In a less than inspiring performance, Kyle Walker won the man-of-the-match award on his first start for The Three Lions, whilst Bobby Zamora and Jack Rodwell also got rare starts for their nation.

A Daniel Majstorovic own goal on 22 minutes proved the difference between the teams, which also marked England’s 2000th goal.

A Stewart Downing cross was put into his own net by the central defender amid pressure from Gareth Barry, who initially looked to have scored.

After the game Fabio Capello was happy with some of his younger players and glad to pick up the win.

“I am really happy because some young players played really well, like Jones and Rodwell,” he told Sky Sports.

“I am happy for the result that after 43 years England beat Sweden. I am not happy because sometimes, when we had the ball in the back four, we played too many balls to the ‘keeper.

“We need to improve in this case. We need to improve the passes and the movement without the ball. And sometimes you need to take some risks because it is impossible to play long balls when they have players so tall like Sweden.

“I am happy for the result. I am happy because I found the young players are ready to play for the seniors. It will be a big competition for the older players who usually play for the national team,” he concluded.

England are not in action again until January 2012, where they take on Japan in a friendly fixture in Tokyo.

By Gareth McKnight