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England recorded their first win against Sweden since 1968 to complete a satisfactory Wembley double-header for coach Fabio Capello after Saturday’s victory against World Cup holders Spain.

Once again, the margin was narrow as England overcame the disappointing Swedes when Gareth Barry’s first-half header was deflected in off Daniel Majstorovic for the country’s 2,000th goal.

The Wembley attendance of 48,876 was the lowest for an England game since the stadium was rebuilt – and the relatively sparse crowd and subdued atmosphere may have contributed to the low-key nature of the affair.

Portugal secured their place at Euro 2012 with an emphatic 6-2 second leg victory over Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga both scored twice while Bosnia’s Senad Lulic was sent off as Portugal reached the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Czech Republic midfielder Petr Jiracek scored a late goal in Montenegro as they went through 3-0 on aggregate.

Croatia also qualified with a goalless draw against Turkey after their 3-0 first leg win in Istanbul.