Record low attendance for Wembley as Sweden visit
Published 15/11/2011 | 11:44
THE English FA is anticipating the lowest Wembley attendance since the stadium re-opened in 2007 for England's friendly with Sweden tonight.
Around 50,000 tickets have been sold for the encounter, which is still going to make it one of the most watched matches for the second part of an international double-header.
However, it will be nearly 40,000 down on the number who watched Fabio Capello's men overcome Spain on Saturday and lower than the 57,897 that saw Andorra beaten 6-0 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 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 tonight's encounter will be available at Wembley from noon.