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Sweden v England: European Under-21 Championship – live!

Here are your starting XIs.

Sweden: Cajtoft, Wahlqvist, J Larsson, Lundqvist, Tibbling, Fransson, K Olsson (C), Engvall, Daggerstal, Hallberg, Cibicki

?? Sweden v England ??

The teams are in!

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Hello. Welcome to coverage of the opening match of the Euro Under-21 Championship. It feels like there is a little bit more attention on England this year after the success of the the Under-20s, who now rule the world in that particular age group. And let’s not forget the England Under-17 team either. They lost in the final of the European Championship to Spain on penalties. Some have called this group of players another “golden generation”, which is unhelpful really as their development towards becoming strong senior international players usually depends on establishing themselves at a top-flight club, not by success at this level.

Mind you, a good tournament here could help change managers’ opinions of those on show or lead to a favourable move – and the experience of dealing with the demands of tournament football is always useful in terms of physical and mental development. The Swedish fans far outnumber England’s in Kielce so, mentally, they’ll have that to contend with today for a start.

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