Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pearce's England face Spanish succession

England to face Spain.
UEFA u21 Championship: England v Spain

Gothenburg- An intriguing clash of styles in Gothenburg tonight between England, 2-1 conquerors of Finland, and Spain, who need to get points on the board after tying Germany 0-0 in their first game.

The Germans lead the group by a point after downing the Finns 2-0 earlier today, but England can overtake them with a win tonight.

After substituting him at half time against Finland, Stuart Pearce has left Theo Walcott on the bench for the game at the new Ullevi Stadium. Adam Johnson deputises. Chelsea's Michael Mancienne, sent off in Halmstad, is suspended.

If there is a shooting star starting therefore, eyes will be fixed on Spain's Bojan Krkic, fresh from Champions League success with Barcelona.

A sunny evening in Sweden's second city but the quickly-dropping temperature and very strong gusts of wind could lead to some less than accurate passing.

ENG - Joe Hart, Martin Cranie, Lee Cattermole, Nedum Onuoha, James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Mark Noble, Adam Johnson, Fabrice Muamba, Micah Richards, Kieran Gibbs

SPA- Sergio Asenjo, Nacho Monreal, Javi Garcia, Marc Torrejon, Javi Martinez, Raul Garcia, Bojan Krkic, Jose Manuel Jurado, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mario Suarez, Adrian Lopez

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