Head Coach Hope Powell says there will be changes ahead of England's second game with Sweden.
England v Sweden
Dasaki Stadium, Achna
1pm, Thursday 09 February 2006
England Head.Coach Hope Powell has told TheFA.com that "there will be changes" for this afternoon's international friendly against Sweden in Achna, Cyprus.
After the two teams battled out an entertaining 0-0 draw on Tuesday evening in Larnaca, the action moves ten miles to the compact Dasaki Stadium.
Victory for either side would be a major morale booster ahead of the resumption of World Cup qualifiers next month, and Powell believes her side "did well" on Tuesday.
"I thought the first game was a good contest and I'm happy that we competed well against a very physical side, despite having to make a couple of enforced changes."
With Faye White nursing an ankle injury back in England and Kelly Smith rested after Arsenal's National Division fixture on Sunday, Katie Chapman moved into the vacant centre back berth alongside Mary Phillip, with Anita Asante starting in midfield.
"Katie was magnificent" said Hope "although she was nervous when I told her of my plans."
The 23 year old Charlton Athletic midfielder had spent a spell as a centre back earlier in her career and stepped effortlessly into the backline at the GSZ Stadium.
"With Faye suspended for the France World Cup qualifier, Katie wasn't in my initial thoughts" added Hope "but her performance has now given us added options."
With only five of the Sweden team who beat England 1-0 at Euro 2005 lining up against The Three Lions on Tuesday, tonight's game will provide another glimpse into the squad strengths of both countries.
England now have a number of players with around fifty caps and the kind of experience that is necessary at the highest level, Hope believes you can only get from playing games.
"We've learnt a lot from training camps over the last eighteen months about players and we're constantly looking to the future.
"The more you play, the more experience you get, and as a player, your confidence grows that you can compete with the best.
"We know that Sweden's record over the last ten to fifteen years ranks them deservedly in the top five in the world, and these two games will prove invaluable preparation for the game against France next month.
"If we can keep the ball slightly better than we did on Tuesday and be more clinical in front of goal, we will be difficult opponents for anyone."
Stay tuned to TheFA.com for the details of England's second encounter with Sweden.