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Summary

  1. £30m keeper Pickford saves Wahlqvist penalty
  2. First game of tournament, which is being held in Poland
  3. Three groups of four teams; England in Group A

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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'We are reasonably happy'

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England manager Aidy Boothroyd: "In an ideal world you play really well and win the game but what you don't want to do is lose. It was a typical opening game of a tournament, both teams could have played better. Overall it was a fair result.

"We could have moved the ball quicker and attacked crosses better. A lot of the players haven't played 90 minutes for a long time and are feeling it. We are reasonably happy, made a solid start. Ben Chilwell got the ball but the directive is that you can't go off your feet.

"These are the moments which change games and we've got a terrific goalkeeper."

Aidy Boothroyd
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'Thankful to Pickford'

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England captain James Ward-Prowse on Sky Sports: "It was a very tough game after a long build-up. We need more confidence in our play and a little bit of luck. We are thankful to Jordan for his save and that will give him confidence.

"We were up against a good team, we dug deep and limited them to few chances. I didn't think it was a penalty, but you can't moan about it.

"Pickford pulled us put with a bit of quality. We are not happy but a draw is OK."

'Sweden killed our tempo'

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Sky Sports: "The main thing is not to lose the game. The first game is always tight and we came away with a draw. It's down to us to win the next two.

"I waited longer and held my ground and got to the penalty, that's what you do. Sweden killed our tempo a bit, they had a gameplan to let us have the ball at the back and now we move on to Monday.

"It's nice to get my move out of the way so I can concentrate and focus on the tournament. Everton was the best move for me."

'A good result against the champions'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

England applaud their small band of supporters while Sweden acknowledge their massed ranks decked in yellow.

England will feel it's a good result against the defending champions, who will rue their squandered setback.

It's always important never to lose your opening fixture. However, England haven't won theirs in these finals since 2009.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford applauds the fans at full time
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England play Slovakia on Monday, with their final group game coming against Poland next Thursday.

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Both players who clashed heads were OK to continue by the way. Jordan Pickford's penalty save gives England a point, a game of few positives though.

I'm sure Aidy Boothroyd will have plenty to take forwards though.

FULL-TIME

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Zzzzzzzzzzz

James Ward-Prowse of England looks dejected
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A couple more crosses in from England, easily defended yet again. Keeper Anton Cajtoft then clashes heads with Tammy Abraham and that looks nasty.

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Into stoppage time. Will this be a good point for England? Time will tell.

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That penalty showed that when you clip it down the middle you can look very silly indeed. Just ask Gary Lineker.

Sweden have been the better side since half-time. Neither side have impressed to be honest.

Jordan Pickford then drops a cross, a routine one too, but he gets away with it...

'Squandered chance for Sweden'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Aidy Boothroyd gave the thumbs up sign to Jordan Pickford after his penalty save.

It was a poor spot kick though. The Swedish commentator next to me slammed his fist onto the desk. Squandered chance for Swedes.

Aidy Boothroyd applauds
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Rae: Sweden v England U21 - have to say I can see nothing that excites me about this team, same old same old - playing with FEAR

Dan Wilcox: England goalkeepers saving penalties!? Next we'll win a penalty shootout at a major tournament!

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England get it wide. Cross blocked. Get it wide. Cross cleared.

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Jordan Pickford writes the headlines again. That could prove to be a key moment in this tournament for England.

MISSED PENALTY

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A terrible penalty! But a solid save from £30m Jordan Pickford!

England goalkeepers save penalties these days, that's what they do. Linus Wahlqvist tries to clip one down the middle but Pickford claws it away, with Carlos Strandberg hitting the rebound straight at him too.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty from Linus Wahlqvist of Sweden
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PENALTY SWEDEN

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A crazy tackle from Ben Chilwell! He got a slight touch on the ball but that was a silly lunge - penalty given...

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Carlos Strandberg may be on for man-of-the-match. He's made a big impression in a game where few have made any. Lewis Baker, England's number 10, has done little but does shoot well over when found on the edge of the area.

Fewer than 20 minutes remain. 0-0?

'England need fresh impetus'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

England change with just over 20 minutes to go, Demarai Gray replacing Jacob Murphy

England need fresh impetus because Swedish sub Carlos Strandberg is a handful. Excellent saving tackle from Mason Holgate when he was through

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Mark Lynch: A good tournament for Ward-Prowse could really put him in line for a senior start given the lack of centre midfielders

James Ward-Prowse of England gives a thumbs up
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GREAT SAVE!

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Good effort! He's a dead-ball specialist, and more importantly a man wearing all-black boots, James Ward-Prowse bends one over the wall and forces Anton Cajtoft into a very good save. That may have beaten Joe Hart...

Sweden counter and Mason Holgate commits to an all-or-nothing slide. And wins the ball.

James Ward-Prowse takes a free kick
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SUBSTITUTION

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Is this the change that England need? Jacob Murphy comes off, Demarai Gray is on.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Almost a freak opener for England! Alfie Mawson again wins a header from a long throw, it causes panic which is eventually half hacked out to Ben Chilwell. He drives a low shot in which takes a whacking great deflection off a Swedish heel and drifts over the keeper, but onto the crossbar...

CLOSE!

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There's the sub, pacey and in behind the England defence but Carlos Strandberg can only thrash a shot into the side-netting. Decent hit.

Cibicki is the danger man

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Pawel Cibicki, who hit the crossbar, is dangerous. he twice drifted into space in the first half to create their two chances. He's constantly checking over both shoulders with his awareness. He drops off or moves along the line with his movement.

CLOSE!

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That's better from Ben Chilwell! A good cross for once, destined for the craned neck of Tammy Abraham but it is just about cut out.

From the corner, Lewis Baker fires over the top. The old Anderton-Sheringham corner routine.

Lewis Baker of England goes close with a shot on goal
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SUBSTITUTION

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Sweden make a change up front. On comes Carlos Strandberg in place of Gustav Engvall.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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This is going to end 0-0, unless someone scores a cracker! Of course.

What a great effort from Pawel Cibicki! The Malmo man picks the ball up on the left of the area and flashes a curler which beats Jordan Pickford but smashes against the crossbar.

Fantastic strike. Deserved a goal.

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This is going to end 0-0, unless someone makes a clanger of a mistake. Both teams are able to get the ball into promising areas but look unable to fin the important pass. England only really have one other striker to choose from, if they wanted to go two up top. Fulham man Cauley Woodrow is on the bench.

'England need to get Redmond involved'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Neither side makes a change as the second half is under way.

England will hope to get Nathan Redmond involved more.

I thought he was England's best player two years ago but hasn't been afforded much space down the left.

Nathan Redmond with possession
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Early to draw conclusions but if you were going to, it's the other direction which looks like the issue. England again work the ball wide but a cross doesn't find a man.

They do look dangerous from set-pieces as Tammy Abraham heads wide - but only after a foul in the box.

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Johnny Magrinho: Am I wrong to suggest that back 4 + Pickford looks pretty decent? Some big potential - hopefully we'll see it this tournament.

KICK-OFF

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Not one shot on target in the first half. Borefest.

We are back under way.

A reminder that hosts Poland and Slovakia are the other teams in Group A, and play later tonight.

How important is a win?

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Uefa has crunched the numbers on this and it turns out, unsurprisingly, that it's very important.

Aidy Boothroyd
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  • Nearly 77% of first-game winners have made the knockout stages since 2000.
  • Draw on your final tournament debut, and your semi-final chances are slashed to 50/50.
  • Just 23% of teams who have lost their opening match have made the last four.

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Martin McHugh: England are very capable of fudging this up. Complacency & underestimation are strong English cardinal sins.

Is nowhere safe?

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You missed your chance lads...

Sweden fans with a Wenger out banner
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'No sustained pressure'

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Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter in Poland for 5 live Sport

Neither goalkeeper with a shot to save is a perfect illustration of a typically tight opener.

Jacob Murphy has been England's bright spark down the right but neither side enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure.

England made a promising start and had a chance at the end, Tammy Abraham with an acrobatic effort over the top from close range.

A vocal presence

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View of the match from the stands
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From the opposite end of the stadium you can see that yellow wall of Swedish support in all its glory.

Sweden fans
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HALF-TIME

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Very, very nil nil.

An England fan falls asleep
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CLOSE!

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That's a tough ask, and a good effort from Tammy Abraham. Alfie Mawson nudges on a long throw in the Swedish box, the men in yellow are far from convincing in their attempts to clear and Abraham acrobatically overhead kicks the ball over the top on the six-yard line.

Tammy Abraham of England hooks a good chance over the bar
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