Andy Carroll set for recall for EURO 2012 Game against Sweden

Andy Carroll set for recall for EURO 2012 Game against Sweden
15th Jun 2012

 

Roy Hodgson is ready to recall Andy Carroll as England go for goals and a crucial Euro 2012 victory when they face Sweden in Kiev on Friday reports the BBC.

Liverpool's £35m striker was overlooked in favour of Danny Welbeck for England's opening 1-1 draw with France.

But indications from England's final training session suggest they will be paired against the Swedes.

Sweden are expected to bring in Jonas Olsson at centre-back and switch Andreas Granqvist to right-back.Fit-again striker Johan Elmander also looks set for a recall at the expense of the misfiring Markus Rosenberg.England captain Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker have overcome exhaustion and will continue in central midfield.Glen Johnson will play despite being on antibiotics for a toe infection, while Wayne Rooney serves the last match of his two-game suspension.Right-back Martin Kelly remains doubtful for England with a virus.Hodgson is keen to use striker Carroll to exploit Sweden's vulnerability in the air and he is expected to leave out Arsenal teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to accommodate him, and use Ashley Young on the left flank and James Milner on the right as orthodox wide men.
Sweden have conceded six of their last seven goals from headers - including both from Andriy Shevchenko in their 2-1 defeat against co-hosts Ukraine - a factor that appears to have persuaded Hodgson to go with aerial power.

Hodgson believes that Sweden's well-drilled side and unpredictable striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may pose England problems in Kiev.

"They are organised as a result of years of work based on English coaching," said Hodgson, who began his managerial career in Sweden.

"Their major weapon is Ibrahimovic - he is one of the best strikers in European football."

 

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