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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.

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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.



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