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JD, Scott on Sweden test

Posted on 15 June 2012  - 15:43

Jermain Defoe and Scott Parker are singing from the same hymn sheet as England prepare to face Sweden in Euro 2012 this evening.

JD, Scott on Sweden test

The Spurs team-mates both agree that Sweden's main threat will come from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and that the Swedes' greatest strength is their team ethic.

It's a key match in Kiev - kick-off 7.45pm - with England looking to build on Monday night's 1-1 draw against France, who face co-hosts Ukraine at 5pm.

Scott is tipped to start again alongside Steven Gerrard in central midfield but it looks like Jermain will be on the bench again.

"They are a good side, well-organised and tough to beat," said Scott in an interview with Spurs TV Online before he headed out to the tournament.

"At the forefront is Ibrahimovic, a world-class centre forward.

"We’ll need to be organised and it will almost be a Premier League-style game, they have a few Premier League players and we only played them recently at Wembley, which proved a difficult game again."

Jermain added: "Sweden are a good footballing nation who have produced a number of good players who play across the continent.

"Ibrahimovic is a striker I've always watched. For a player who is so big, he's got great feet, scores goals and has played for some of the top clubs in the world. I'm sure he will want to do something special.

"It will be a hard game. They are a good team, organised and always strong."