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Redknapp: England have to beat Sweden

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England should go for the jugular against Sweden at Euro 2012 because there is a lack of quality in the Swedish starting XI, according to Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp.

England will probably have to win at least one of their remaining two group fixtures - against Sweden and Ukraine - in order to reach the quarter-finals, having drawn their opener against France.

Sweden were beaten 2-1 by joint-hosts Ukraine in their first match of the tournament, and after watching that contest play out, Redknapp feels England have nothing to fear.

"We all know about Zlatan Ibrahimovic but there's not that much quality around him," Redknapp told Betfair. "Anders Svensson played for me at Southampton and he's 35 now! He came on for half an hour last night, while Olof Mellberg, 34, played all 90 minutes.

"I'm not sure what Jonas Olsson was doing on the bench, he's a player I really like for West Brom and I don't think he'd have been caught out like Mellberg was for Ukraine's first goal.

"There's not enough talent in the Swedish line-up and I think England have to go for the win from the second game in Group D."

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