England will take on Sweden in a friendly next year to mark the opening of a new national stadium in Stockholm. Fabio Capello's side face the Swedes in a friendly at Wembley tomorrow as part of their preparations for UEFA EURO 2012.
And in a reciprocal deal, the English Football Assocation have agreed to send a team to be the first opponents at the new 50,000-capacity Swedbank Arena on 14 November next year. England also played the first match at Sweden's current national stadium, the Rasunda, in May 1937.
By next November England will be under new management as Capello plans to step down at the end of the Euro finals in Poland and Ukraine. Capello's successor will hope to improve England's poor record against Sweden. Tomorrow's meeting will be the 22nd between the two teams, with Sweden boasting the remarkable record of not having lost to England since 1968.