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Sweden 0-0 England U21s

Jordan Pickford saves penalty as England begin Euros with goalless draw

Friday 16 Jun 2017

England Under-21s were forced to settle for a point in their Euro opener with Sweden on a frustrating night in Kielce.

Coming up against an organised and rigid Swedish team, the Young Lions couldn’t find a way through and had to thank Jordan Pickford for keeping them in the game with a stunning late save to keep Linus Wahlqvist’s penalty out.

But in the end a point apiece was just about fair with defending Euro champions Sweden proving just as tough as boss Aidy Boothroyd had warned ahead of the game.

Sweden 0-0 England
  • UEFA U21 Championship Finals
  • Group A
  • Friday 16 June 2017
  • Kielce Stadium, Poland
England had made a bright start too and after a spell of pressure and three successive corners, James Ward-Prowse’s delivery picked out Tammy Abraham in the box only for the striker to volley well over.

Sweden weathered the storm and found the measure of the Young Lions though, with a tactical switch stifling England’s early threat.

And they created the best chance of the first 30 minutes when Pawel Cibicki burst past Ben Chilwell and Nathaniel Chalobah into the box, trading passes with Gustav Engvall before firing over from six yards.

At the other end, Jacob Murphy whistled a shot narrowly over the bar after Abraham had done superbly to control and pick him out from just inside the Sweden half.

Abraham was again off-target on the stroke of half time when Mason Holgate’s long throw-in was flicked on by Alfie Mawson but the former Bristol City loanee couldn’t quite get over the ball to turn it home.

Sweden came even closer to breaking the deadlock 12 minutes into the second half when Alex Fransson’s measured shot from the edge of the area hit the top of the bar and bounced to safety.

Substitute Carlos Strandberg then raced onto a through ball before firing a fierce left-footer into the side netting.

It was then England’s turn to clip the bar as Chilwell’s low drive took a deflection over Swedish keeper Anton Cajtoft before bouncing off the woodwork and over.

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Another chance for England saw Ward-Prowse force Cajtoft into a save low to his right from a free-kick which had been won by Lewis Baker, who had earlier shot over after a well-worked move from a Ward-Prowse corner.

But with just over ten minutes remaining, Sweden were presented with the chance to win it when Chilwell was adjudged to have fouled Wahlqvist just inside the box.

A fine one-handed save from Pickford to deny Wahlqvist and then collect Strandberg’s follow-up kept England in the game and under way in Group A ahead of Monday’s clash with Slovakia at the same venue.

England: 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton); 2 Mason Holgate (Everton), 5 Calum Chambers (Arsenal), 23 Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), 3 Ben Chilwell (Leicester City); 8 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) (c), 4 Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), 10 Lewis Baker (Chelsea); 11 Nathan Redmond (Southampton), 9 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), 14 Jacob Murphy (Norwich City).

Substitutes: 7 Demarai Gray (Leicester City) for Murphy 71.

Substitutes not used: 6 Jack Stephens (Southampton), 12 Matt Targett (Southampton), 13 Angus Gunn (Norwich City, loan from Manchester City), 15 John Swift (Reading), 16 Rob Holding (Arsenal), 17 Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 18 Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 19 Will Hughes (Derby County), 20 Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), 21 Jonathan Mitchell (Derby County), 22 Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

Head coach: Aidy Boothroyd

Sweden: 12 Anton Cajtoft; 2 Linus Wahlqvist, 3 Jacob Larsson, 14 Filip Dagerstal, 5 Adam Lundqvist; 6 Simon Tibbling, 16 Malker Hallberg, 7 Alexander Fransson; 8 Kristoffer Olsson; 18 Pawel Cibicki, 11 Gustav Engvall.

Substitutes: 10 Carlos Strandberg for Engvall 59, 17 Kerim Mrabti for Fransson 73, 9 Muamer Tankovic 85.

Substitutes not used: 1 Tim Erlandsson, 23 Pontus Dahlberg, 4 Joakim Nilsson, 13 Isak Ssewankambo, 15 Franz Brorsson, , 19 Niclas Eliasson, 20 Egzon Binaku, 22 Amin Affane.

Head coach: Hakan Ericson

Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)

Attendance: 11,672

By Nicholas Veevers in Kielce, Poland