Olsson prepares for Roy reunion
Thursday, 14 June, 2012
West Brom defender says England players will go extra yard for 'top coach' Hodgson.
Sweden defender Jonas Olsson has called on his team-mates to ensure they preserve their impressive record over England and keep their Euro 2012 hopes alive.
The Swedes have never lost to the Three Lions in a competitive match, which includes seven World Cup and European Championship games. And with their Euro 2012 hopes on the line against in Kiev on Friday following an opening defeat to Ukraine, Olsson is eager for Sweden to let the run continue.
The West Bromwich Albion man, who will go up against his former club boss Roy Hodgson, said: "Our good record against England is something that is nice to have in the back of your head.
"We've done well against them and hopefully we can keep that streak going for a few more years. It is quite a lot of matches and you never want to be in the team that sees such a streak end.
"We also know that we need a positive result on Friday if we want to stay in contention in the group and that drives you on."
The 29-year-old says he enjoyed working with Hodgson and that the way he has set England out since taking charge will make it a difficult game for Sweden.
"The way England played against France is very similar to the way Roy Hodgson set the team up at West Brom.
"It's an organised team, they defend well and are good on the counter-attack with the pace they have upfront from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck and Walcott.
"Roy is a top, top coach. I really enjoyed the time under him at West Brom. He is experienced, is good at inspiring players, and he is a very nice man as well.
"That is important, that you connect with someone you are working with on a personal level as well and have that respect for him.
"That respect will make you go those extra yards for him and I'm sure the England players will feel the same."