Sweden vs England – England face Sweden at the Kielce City Stadium, Poland on 16th June, Friday in the opening game of the UEFA U-21 European Championship.
The U-21 Euros, which are held every two years, will see England take on the defending champions in their first game. This season, the format of the competition has been expanded to include twelve teams divided into three groups of four.
The U-21 European Championship has long been heralded as the tournament where the rising superstars of the next generation of footballers get to showcase their talent, with the likes of Marco Asensio, Renato Sanches who are already established footballers competing with the likes of Tammy Abraham who are en route to have breakout seasons.
Sweden Possible Starting Lineup: Tim Erlandsson, Linus Wahlqvist, Filip Dagerstal, Jakob Une Larsson, Adam Lundqvist, Simon Tibbling, Melker Hallberg, Kristoffer Olsson, Muamer Tankovic, Gustav Engvall, Carlos Strandberg.
England Possible Starting Lineup: Jordan Pickford, Mason Holgate, Rob Holding, Alfie Mawson, Ben Chilwell, Lewis Baker, Nathan Chalobah, James Ward-Prowse, Demarai Gray, Tammy Abraham, Nathan Redmond.
“They [the U-20 side] did the country so proud and we would love to follow in their footsteps. We want to show we are the next up-and-coming players for the England squad, so there is a bit of pressure.
I’m here to win the Euros and we’ve got a lot of good players, so we’re in with a chance. It’s massively inspiring. We’re going into a massive tournament now with the under-21s and it would be nice to end it on a blast. The boys are confident.”
– Tammy Abraham, England.
According to Sweden vs England H2H Stats, the last two matches between the U-21 sides of these two nations resulted in one win for England and one draw.
England are the pre-tournament favorites while the U-21 Swedish side have won only one of their three matches in this calendar year. It should be a closely contested affair, but England are likely to win 2-1 tonight.