With no international scheduled for the foreseeable future, Tuesday’s clash with Sweden was a crucial game for so many on the cusp of selection for Euro 2012. Fabio Capello assembled a youthful, inexperienced core of players who, despite the win, enjoyed contrasting fortunes on the pitch.
Undoubtedly domestic form will become critical for when Capello mulls over his final squad choices, but for several players, how they performed last night will remain paramount in the manager’s thoughts. With such competition for places, a poor game would surely submerge a contender under the many others vying for selection, whilst any strong showings should keep that hopeful involved.
Here is a look at some winners and losers from last night’s game.