England v Sweden

England set for Wembley crowd low

November 14, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Only 50,000 fans are expected to turn out to watch England take on Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday night - the lowest attendance since the stadium re-opened in 2007.

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The FA have revealed that tickets sales are down by nearly 40,000 compared with those for England's 1-0 victory over world champions Spain on Saturday.

However, the match against Sweden will still be one of the most watched matches for the second part of an international double-header.

Wembley's current lowest attendance figure is 57,897 for England's 6-0 win over Andorra in June 2009, a figure adversely affected by a tube strike.

Sweden will be backed by a 3,500-strong travelling support for the first friendly double-header since England manager Fabio Capello took charge.

The last time fewer than 50,000 watched England in a home game was for Steve McClaren's first match as manager when 45,864 saw a 4-0 win against Greece at Old Trafford.

The last sub-50,000 crowd to see England at Wembley was 38,535 for a November friendly against the Czech Republic in 1998, when Glenn Hoddle's team won 2-0.

Tickets for Tuesday night's encounter will be available at Wembley from noon.