Lee Dixon: England's young Lions set for lively Sweden clash

Lee has been impressed by Zaha

Lee Dixon explains why he thinks Roy Hodgson's young England team will be involved in a good game on Wednesday night... 

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There's a rich history between England and Sweden and I'm delighted to see Roy Hodgson using Wednesday night's friendly to build for the future. Even before Wilfried Zaha became the first Championship player to be called up for two years, the squad had a youthful look to it and it's great to see young talent getting its chance. Bad luck to Jonjo Shelvey, by the way, as I thought he'd did well against San Marino.

As the star of Crystal Palace's excellent start to the season, Zaha has shown that he has all the attributes to make it as a top forward. He's direct, dynamic and possesses that special quality that no defence likes to play against: pace. I hope he gets an opportunity to show what he can do in Stockholm, as it could be a good night for attackers. England friendlies can be drab, and I hope I'm not tempting fate, but I think the ingredients are in place for a good game.

You might be thinking I've lost my marbles, after all 1-1 often seems to be the score when these two meet. But Sweden came from 4-0 down to grab an astonishing 4-4 draw, which was backed at maximum odds on Betfair, against Germany in their last match so they know how to score. Also, England's 3-2 win over the Swedes at Euro 2012 is the most dramatic match we've seen during Hodgson's reign. This is a big occasion for Sweden because it's their first outing at their new stadium so Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. will want to give a good performance.  

Carl Jenkinson is another late call-up and, again, it's a good decision. When I joined Arsenal from Stoke at the age of 23 I was daunted by the step up. So I've been very impressed by the way Jenkinson, who is only 20, has performed since his arrival from Charlton. Glen Johnson has by no means nailed down the right-back spot and I think Jenkinson has a big future.   

Like I say, I expect goals so overs is obviously the way to go. I'll back over 2.5 goals at 1/12.02 and stick a few quid on over 3.5 4.1 too. There's a nice array of prices on offer in the match odds market but I'm most tempted by the draw at 12/53.4. England are without Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe so, having said it will be a good match for the strikers, I'm now going to back a midfielder to score. Steven Gerrard gets my bet on the night that he wins his 100th cap. Congratulations to him too.

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