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England 0-0 Sweden

England midfielder Jill Scott tussles for the ball
Sweden won the silver medal at last summer's Rio Olympics, losing to Germany in the final

Siobhan Chamberlain saved a penalty as England ended their pre-season training camp in Spain with a battling goalless draw against Sweden.

The visitors had a goal disallowed in the first half when Stina Blackstenius' header was ruled out for offside.

Gilly Flaherty then tripped Lotta Schelin in the area but Chamberlain saved Kosovare Asllani's penalty.

England manager Mark Sampson had made 10 changes to the side that lost to Norway on Sunday.

The Lionesses looked sharp and enjoyed good passages of play but found clear-cut chances hard to come by against the Rio Olympics silver medallists.

England's best effort fell to captain on the night Jordan Nobbs, whose powerful shot from the edge of the area curled just wide of the post.

Players impress after Sampson makes changes

As expected with Women's Super League clubs only returning to training two weeks ago, Sampson made wholesale changes to the team, with only Chamberlain retaining her place.

The Liverpool goalkeeper once again impressed, making a string of quick reaction saves from close range as well parrying away the late penalty.

In her first England appearance in almost four years, Rachel Williams dominated the midfield, winning challenges all over the pitch.

The Notts County player, who also works as a plasterer, displayed power and strength across the 90 minutes.

With usual skipper Steph Houghton starting on the bench, Nobbs led the side and the Arsenal midfielder distributed the ball well under pressure.

And Chelsea's Millie Bright defended bravely on her first senior England start.

What next for the Lionesses?

England now have a five-week break before they take part in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

They will take on the three top-ranked teams in the world; USA, Germany and France.

England face France in their opener on 1 March in Pennsylvania.

They then face the hosts in New Jersey on 4 March and European champions Germany in Washington on 7 March.

Following that, Sampson's squad are expected to play several other friendlies before their Euro 2017 campaign gets under way against Scotland on 19 July in the Netherlands.

In the meantime, the Women's Super League Spring series begins in April.

England's remaining 2017 schedule
1 MarchFrance (SheBelieves Cup)
4 MarchUSA (SheBelieves Cup)
7 MarchGermany (SheBelieves Cup)
19 JulyScotland (Euro 2017)
23 JulySpain (Euro 2017)
27 JulyPortugal (Euro 2017)

Line-ups

England Women

  • 1Chamberlain
  • 4Bonner
  • 5FlahertyBooked at 61mins
  • 6Bright
  • 2Daly
  • 10Scott
  • 8Nobbs
  • 3RaffertySubstituted forDavisonat 55'minutes
  • 7Christiansen
  • 9Williams
  • 11CarneySubstituted forStokesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Moore
  • 13Earps
  • 14Blundell
  • 15Davison
  • 16Houghton
  • 17Stokes

Sweden Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 15Samuelsson
  • 5Fischer
  • 3SembrantSubstituted forErikssonat 65'minutes
  • 2AnderssonSubstituted forGlasat 79'minutes
  • 17Seger
  • 7DahlkvistSubstituted forFolkessonat 65'minutes
  • 9AsllaniSubstituted forSchoughat 79'minutes
  • 18Rolfö
  • 11BlacksteniusSubstituted forHammarlundat 45'minutes
  • 10JakobssonSubstituted forSchelinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Eriksson
  • 8Schelin
  • 12Carlen
  • 14Folkesson
  • 16Glas
  • 19Hammarlund
  • 22Schough
Referee:
Marte Soro

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland WomenAway TeamSweden Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, England 0, Sweden 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 0, Sweden 0.

Attempt saved. Nilla Fischer (Sweden) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Lotta Schelin (Sweden) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Millie Bright (England).

Attempt missed. Gemma Davison (England) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, England. Conceded by Caroline Seger.

Rachel Williams (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hanna Folkesson (Sweden).

Offside, England. Gilly Flaherty tries a through ball, but Demi Stokes is caught offside.

Foul by Demi Stokes (England).

Jessica Samuelsson (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hanna Glas (Sweden).

Rachel Daly (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rachel Daly (England) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (England) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Williams.

Foul by Hanna Folkesson (Sweden).

Isobel Christiansen (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Sweden. Hanna Glas tries a through ball, but Lotta Schelin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Olivia Schough replaces Kosovare Asllani.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Hanna Glas replaces Jonna Andersson.

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Millie Bright.

Corner, Sweden. Conceded by Siobhan Chamberlain.

Penalty saved! Kosovare Asllani (Sweden) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Sweden. Lotta Schelin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gilly Flaherty (England) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Rachel Williams (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Isobel Christiansen (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Demi Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Demi Stokes replaces Karen Carney.

Attempt missed. Pauline Hammarlund (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lotta Schelin.

Foul by Caroline Seger (Sweden).

Rachel Williams (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, England. Siobhan Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Rachel Williams is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Magdalena Eriksson replaces Linda Sembrant.

Substitution

Substitution, Sweden. Hanna Folkesson replaces Lisa Dahlkvist.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Siobhan Chamberlain (England) because of an injury.

Booking

Gilly Flaherty (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gilly Flaherty (England).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 24th January 2017

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