Sweden vs. England: Predicting Roy Hodgson's Starting Line-Up

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Sweden vs. England: Predicting Roy Hodgson's Starting Line-Up
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England have travelled to Kiev for their second Euro 2012 Group D match against Sweden on Friday with a few question marks over their line-up.

Manager Roy Hodgson likes to keep things simple and play his first XI as often as he can. Given how thin his squad is due to several pre-tournament injuries, players left out for "footballing reasons" and Wayne Rooney serving the second match of his two-game suspension, he will be even keener to change things up as little as possible.

Concerns over the fitness of left-back Ashley Cole and midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker may force Hodgson's hand, however, as may the fact that Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck were often left completely isolated up front against France as two of the four backs set out to stifle Les Bleus into submission.

A win over a team England have never beaten in a competitive match (drawn five, lost two) would be significantly more advantageous going into the final round of fixtures than a second draw in Poland and Ukraine.

Given the latest news coming out of the England camp in Krakow, here is how Hodgson could line up his side at the Stadium Olimpiyiski on Friday night.

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