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Carroll crowing after bagging Sweden scalp

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 Jun 2012

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Andy Carroll said England are feeling confident ahead of their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine, after their win over Sweden on Friday.

Carroll rewarded Roy Hodgson’s decision to start him in Kiev by opening the scoring for the Three Lions with a towering header, only for an own goal from Glen Johnson and a Olof Melberg goal to swing the match in Sweden’s favour early in the second half.

That prompted Hodgson to introduce Theo Walcott into the action, and it proved a masterstroke as he scored and provided the cross for Danny Welbeck’s well taken winner to award England their first tournament victory against the Swedes.

“It’s a great feeling,” he told Sky Sports.

“It was a great ball in by Stevie (Gerrard), I got in the middle of two defenders and put it away.

“I think we felt a little bit comfortable. Obviously, I gave a foul away and they got a goal from that, and it put us on the back foot.

“We had to work hard to win the game. Just to fight back shows the team spirit and we are all sticking together. We got the two goals we needed.”

The thrilling win over Sweden means England now only need draw against the tournament co-hosts to ensure their place in the last eight.

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