FT: Sweden 4 England 2

Full Time. That's it. All over. England were looking good but then it became the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show. The Sweden captain scored all four goals - the last of which was a ludicrous strike. Unbelievable.

That's simply one of the greatest strikes you will see in a long while. Hart comes off his line to head clear but Ibrahimovic retrieves it and attempts an overhead volley from at least 30 yards out. With his back to goal he makes stunning contact and the ball flies into the unguarded net. Amazing.

Goal! Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a wonder goal!

Wernbloom on for Ranegie.

Wilshere booked.

Zaha for Sterling.

Ibrahimovic drills a free-kick in low from distance and it eludes Hart. Stunning stuff from the Sweden captain.

Goal! Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick!

Quick feet from Osman to latch onto Welbeck's pass in the box but his left-footed effort is straight at the goalkeeper.

Huddlestone whips in a free-kick but Sturridge is offside.

Jenkinson sees a shot blocked.

Welcome to international football Ryan Shawcross. Ibrahimovic spins to latch onto a ball over the top and volleys past Hart to equalise. Lethal.

Goal! Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a volley!

Huddlestone on for Gerrard.

Jenkinson on for Johnson.

Shawcross on for Caulker.

Sana on for Lustig.

Antonsson on for Granqvist.

Johnson is forced to concede a corner.

Wilshere spreads the play well but when Gerrard drills a ball into the feet of Welbeck in the area, the forward cannot control.

Sterling caught in possession but when Kacaniklic crosses it only finds the hands of Hart.

Granqvist got plenty of the ball but he's come in from behind to clatter Wilshere and the referee is not impressed with the reaction.

Gerrard with a volley just wide after Sweden fail to clear effectively.

Welbeck wins a free-kick to give England some respite.

Building pressure from Sweden as England struggle to get hold of the ball.

Now Ibrahimovic catches Caulker out again. He's clear and running through but tries to volley the ball first time under no pressure. He gets it all wrong. Poor miss as he could have run through one-on-one.

Ibrahimovic receives the ball inside the box in the right channel. His first touches are excellent and he seems to have turned Caulker but then blasts the ball over.

Welbeck playing from the left now with Wilshere and Osman playing off Sturridge.

Wilshere on for Cleverley.

Sturridge on for Young.

Svensson for Kallstrom.

Baines has to defend well to clear.

Cahill fouls Ranegie. The home side are coming back into it after surviving that period of pressure.

Hart fails to claim a high ball and Larsson fires over from distance. Warning for England.

England totally dominant and looking for a breakthrough. Gerrard sees a shot saved.

They take it short and Sterling is offside.

Baines puts a low cross in to the box and England have another corner.

Great ball out to the left from Johnson but Sterling cannot control it. He looks devastated but he's playing well.

Osman shoots but is effort is parried behind at the near post.

Sterling fouled. He and Osman making England look a much sharper proposition in midfield.

Sterling and Johnson combine well and when Osman crosses Gerrard's shot is blocked for a corner.

Cleverley does well before Young loses out and when Sweden look to break, Johnson has to track back well on the cover.

Baines appears to put Osman in trouble but the midfielder does well to buy the free-kick.

Welbeck has had five shots on target for England and has scored with all five.

Good play from England as they engineer space for Baines to cross. Welbeck nearly gets on the end of it and then Osman cannot divert the ball on target at the far post.

Early chance for Sweden as Ranegie heads over the bar.

England kick-off and we are underway in the second half.

Safari for Martin Olsson.

Half Time. That's the end of the first half and England lead at the break. They fell behind to an Ibrahimovic strike but Welbeck and Caulker both tucked away crosses to turn the game around.

There will be one minute of added time.

Larsson's cross is an excellent one but England clear.

Johnson fouls Martin Olsson. Chance for Sweden to put the ball into the box.

Kallstrom attempts an angled ball to Ibrahimovic but Caulker intercepts well. The young defender is growing into this after a shaky start.

Danny: "Great game. Welbeck doing very well I think."

Chance for Ibrahimovic but he cannot divert the ball in first time from close range. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.

This time Gerrard is a little too ambitious and Welbeck cannot get on the end of his through-ball.

Gerrard's free-kick was so difficult to deal with and Caulker is there to slot the ball home at the far post. Impressive turnaround and it has been a bright performance from England.

Goal! Steven Caulker on his debut!

Sterling with another purposeful run and he wins a free-kick.

Osman wins possession in his own half and then Sterling feeds a clever pass through to Young. The winger beats his man and then the cross beats Olsson for Welbeck to volley home at the far post. Really good goal.

Goal! Danny Welbeck for England!

Sweden clear and when Gerrard hooks the ball back into the box the flag goes up.

Young wins a corner.

Now Caulker puts a ball out of play when trying a simple pass to Baines. England looking a little flustered all of a sudden.

Not great from Caulker. Miscontrols and then loses out to Ibrahimovic. But his centre-back partner outdoes him moments later - another mix-up between Cahill and Hart. Cahill tries to leave the ball for his goalkeeper but it strikes him on the back and when the chance falls to Ranegie he fires over. Really sloppy defending.

Sweden pushing forward now and Kacaniklic sees a shot blocked before Ibrahimovic shoots wildly off target.

Chance for Sweden! Larsson crosses dangerously from the right but Ranegie cannot get on the end of it.

Chance for England! Sterling with a driving run and when the ball is laid back to Johnson from Welbeck the right-back shoots towards goal. He scuffs it but Cleverley looks set to turn the ball goalwards only to miscue just wide of the post. Great opportunity for an equaliser.

Elm in space but there is no angle on his pass to Ranegie and the ball runs out of play for a goal-kick.

England work the ball into space on the right but Cleverley's cross is poor and straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.

Cross comes across the area from the Swedish right but there is no yellow shirt on the end of it.

Clever toe-poked finish from the Sweden captain. After a lengthy spell of possession for England, there is a mix-up between Johnson and Sterling on the right and Sweden break. Ibrahimovic gets a little lucky in a tussle with Caulker but the finish is neat and England are punished.

Goal! Zlatan Ibrahimovic!

The visitors really starving Sweden of possession here without causing too many problems. Welbeck dropping deep to get involved.

More possession from England, although it is all in their own half.

Shot from Kallstrom flies just wide.

Chance! This time Cahill should get on the end of Gerrard's free-kick but just waves a leg at it and fails to make a connection.

Welbeck and Young combine to win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Gerrard whips in a cross but Cahill cannot get on the end of it.

That was poor. Granqvist concedes a corner while under no pressure.

Not so good this time by the Liverpool youngster. He gives the ball away and Sweden break. Ranegie cannot make the most of the opportunity and the chance is gone.

England work the ball to Sterling and he puts in a terrific cross but there's nobody on the end of it.

Now Johnson cuts out a sloppy pass and tries to play Young away on the left. Sweden concede a throw.

Sweden offered very little in the opening 10 minutes, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. Good touch from Caulker to prevent the break there. That'll help his confidence.

Sean: "Would like to see Zaha come on and play with Sterling on the other side."

Billy: "As an Everton fan I'm delighted Osman has been called up tonight. Hoping to see him prove himself."

Smart one-two between Osman and Welbeck and the Everton man tries his luck with his left foot but it's comfortable for Isaksson. Bright work from Osman.

Gerrard with an ambitious long-ball trying to put his Liverpool team-mate Sterling through but it only finds the Sweden keeper. Scrappy start.

Cautious start by the home side and England controlling the ball. But Young takes a tumble and the referee waves play on.

David: "Can see England struggling here due to lack of quality."

Composed possession by England and Baines gets forward for the first time. He works the ball inside to Cleverley who finds Welbeck in the area but when his flick ricochets back onto his own arm a free-kick is given.

Sterling looks like he'll be fine. Let's hope that doesn't take away any of the wind out of his sails.

Unfortunately Sterling is down injured already. Not the ideal start to his international career.

John: "I'm looking forward to seeing how Sterling gets on tonight. I feel if Hodgson can really utilise the talent coming through, players like Sterling & Zaha, we could really kick on and do well at the 2014 world cup, if he gets that balance of solid, defensive resolve combined with speed and flair of the youngsters coming through, I could honestly see us going all the way."

Early touch for Ibrahimovic and then the ball is tossed forward and there is nearly a mix-up between Cahill and Hart. The keeper is off his line but a little slow and the defender decides to deal with it.

Sweden kick-off and we are underway.

That's the anthems done. Here we go...

Thanks for your feedback. Steven Gerrard is leading the players out onto the pitch on the occasion of his 100th cap and we'll be underway shortly.

Andrew on Twitter says: "Really want Osman to have a good game tonight. Long overdue England call-up."

Steven: "I see England being held 2-2 with Leon Osman and Steven Gerrard getting the goals."

Who are you looking forward to seeing tonight? Raheem Sterling? Leon Osman? Or is it all about the man on the bench, Wilfried Zaha? (I will accept the answer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic). Let me know on email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or Twitter @GhostGoal.

Scott: "England to win 2-1. The Swedes have a strong team out. I hope Stevie G will seal his 100th cap with a goal. Come on England!"

There's also Celtic's Mikael Lustig fresh from the heroic win over Barcelona and the sweet left foot of Kim Kallstrom to look forward to.

As well as Zlatan, there are plenty of familiar names in the Sweden line-up. West Brom's Jonas Olsson, Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic, Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson and Martin Olsson of Blackburn all start for the home side.

And Danny Welbeck again leads the line for England against the side he scored the winner against in the summer.

As well as the debutants this is another big opportunity for Leighton Baines to strengthen his claims to be England's first-choice left-back in the absence of Ashley Cole.

Here's the full story from Sky Bet: Raheem Sterling was five when Steven Gerrard made his international debut and the youngster receives his first international cap as the Liverpool skipper gets his 100th. To mark the occasion, we've enhanced Sterling to score first and England to win 1-0 to 80/1 and have installed Gerrard to bag first in a 2-1 success for Roy Hodgson's men to 60/1. Sweden are 7/5 to earn victory, with the draw 23/10 and the visitors 15/8 to seal back-to-back wins over Erik Hamren's side.

Sweden fans are excited about the opening of this new stadium and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the team they'll be confident of a win here.

Callum: "I think England will win 4-3."

So there are starts for Caulker, Sterling and Osman but Zaha will have to wait for his debut. He'll be hoping it'll come after the break here.

Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Granqvist, J.Olsson, M.Olsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Kacaniklic, Ranegie.

England: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Osman; Sterling, Cleverley, Young; Welbeck. Subs: Jenkinson, Ruddy, Bertrand, Jagielka, Shawcross, Wilshere, Huddlestone, Zaha, Sturridge, Forster.

The England team is in and will be up shortly.

Any thoughts and predictions for this one? Get in touch on email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one. They make Sweden 7/5 favourites with England out at 15/8. The draw is available at 23/10.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Steven Gerrard will receive his 100th England cap.

There are international debuts for Raheem Sterling, Steven Caulker and Leon Osman, while Wilfried Zaha is also expected to feature for the first time.

This is the third meeting between the two sides in the past 12 months. England won a Wembley friendly last November and then repeated the feat in a memorable 3-2 win at Euro 2012.

Welcome to live commentary of the international friendly between Sweden and England from Solna.

Kick-off is 1930 GMT.


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