England to break jinx against Sweden

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/Ap_eriksson.jpg' class='caption'> It would be interesting to see how England's Swede boss Sven Goran Eriksson masterminds a win against his home team.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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England taking on Sweden may not be billed as the clash of the Titans but it would be interesting to see how England's Swede boss Sven Goran Eriksson masterminds a win against his home team. It will be given the fact that England has not managed to beat Sweden during his five-year tenure and have failed at that for last 38 years. English weather and a former English club manager Gerard Houllier greeted the 1966 champions as the team held their training session ahead of their final group match later in the day. England might have already qualified for the knockout stage but are still in no mood of losing that winning feeling. "The only thing I want to do is to win the group. And of course we are preparing the team to try to win the match. Of course we do that. But I think winning the group is the best because you have a, maybe not easier way, but you have more rest days before the last two or three games," said Sven Goran Eriksson, Coach, England. Rooney eyed However one player can expect no rest in the near future Wayne Rooney returning from an ankle injury is expected to start along with Michael Owen. The pair has not played with each other since November last year because of injuries. Eriksson is hopeful that the two strikers coming together will not only get England the win but also help them break their jinx vs Sweden. They have not beaten the Scandanavian side since 1968. Rooney's return also means Peter Crouch will sit out a decision taken more to avoid the striker from missing the next match. Elimination though is not a problem for England they in fact would have the advantage to chose whom they want to play in the last 16 given that their match is post Germany's clash against Ecuador. But the coach has made it pretty clear. Sweden record intact While a draw would be enough to give England top spot in the group, Sweden would want to keep its record against the English intact. Meanwhile, they are sweating on an injury to Juventus striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who suffered a groin strain during the 1-0 victory over Paraguay. Ibrahimovic is one of only a handful of players in the Swedish squad plying their trade in one of Europe's major leagues for some premiership experience may come in handy. Sweden need a draw to be mathematically sure. If they lose, Trinidad and Tobago can still progress by beating Paraguay. But the English team has their firmly eyes set on a record of 10 successive wins something they had cherished a century ago.

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