Euro 2012: England send Sweden crashing out
England remained on course for a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2012 after coming from behind to send Sweden crashing out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory on Friday.
England remained on course for a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2012 after coming from behind to send Sweden crashing out of the tournament with a 3-2 victory on Friday. (All AFP and AP Images)
Theo Walcott darted into the box with an electrifying burst to cross for Danny Welbeck, who flicked in a deft finish with the back of his heel to make it 3-2.
Walcott came in place of an off-colour James Milner in the 61st minute and the Arsenal winger made an immediate impact and within minutes England were level.
Walcott's shot from just outside the area caught Swedish custodian Andreas Isaksson off-balance to make it 2-2.
Andreas Isaksson had saved a goal-bound header from English defender John Terry only a minute ago.
Despite the win England manager Roy Hodgson will want to see a marked improvement from his side if they are to secure the draw they need after a performance littered with errors and shaky defending.
England had got off to a dream start when recalled striker Andy Carroll headed them into a 23rd-minute lead.
But an own goal from Glen Johnson on 49 minutes levelled the match for Sweden.
10 minutes later Sweden were celebrating again as Olof Mellberg, who also had a hand in the first goal, headed in to put his team in the lead.
Suspended England striker Wayne Rooney was there to cheer for his team. He and the English team will be relieved that Rooney can finally play the next game after having served his two-match suspension.
Steven Gerrard would be overjoyed to have won the battle of the skippers against his Swedish counterpart Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibra had a total of six attempts, of which four were on goal, but still failed to get his name on the scoresheet.