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Sweden to face England at Wembley

Sweden are set to play England next month in a friendly international as coach Erik Hamrén seeks to prepare his side for next year's European Championship finals, the English Football Association announced on Thursday.

Sweden to face England at Wembley

“Sporting-wise it is a very good game for us. Our desire is to always meet as good opposition as possible at the internationals that are outside the qualifying and championship games,” Erik Hamrén said.

The English Football Association confirmed the friendly against fellow Euro 2012 qualifiers Sweden would take place at Wembley on November 15th.

The Swedes booked their ticket to Poland and Ukraine after defeating World Cup finalists the Netherlands 3-2 on Tuesday to finish as the best group stage runners-up.

The match will be the 22nd meeting between the countries, and the first since a 2-2 draw in Cologne during the first round of the 2006 World Cup, when Henrik Larsson scored late in the game to save a point.

The visit will be the 22nd meeting between the teams, with the record showing six victories each and nine draws.

It will be Sweden’s first visit to the new Wembley Stadium and first trip to London in over a decade.

Sweden have not lost to England at Wembley since 1968, with the goals on that occasion scored by Sir Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters and Roger Hunt.

Sweden plans a further international friendly in November, with the opposition yet to be announced.

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NORWAY

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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