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Olympic Stadium (Kiev) (ATT 70,000) 15th June 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: D Skomina

Sweden Sweden vs England England

Sweden 2

O Mellberg (49, 59)

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England 3

A Carroll (23)
T Walcott (64)
D Welbeck (78)

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England are within a point of Euro 2012's knockout stages after a thrilling 3-2 win over Sweden. Having taken the lead through Andy Carroll, the Three Lions threw away their advantage to a brace from Olof Mellberg. But super substitute Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck turned the game around. Here Sky Sports' Alan Mullery assesses the drama

Last Updated: 15/06/12 11:57pm

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Theo Walcott: Made a super impact as a substitute in the win over Sweden

Theo Walcott: Made a super impact as a substitute in the win over Sweden

Theo Walcott did very well and was key to England's victory. When he came on, he was always going to make a big difference down the right-hand side against Martin Olsson. When Walcott came on, he immediately scored and created a goal, which was fantastic.

Up to half-time, England had played reasonably well. James Milner did a reasonable job but never really went past anyone. England did not attack the full-backs. Ashley Young did not play particularly well in the first half. When Walcott came on against Blackburn's Olsson, he had the pace to go past him. He did that as soon as he came on.

Milner did a hard-working job in exactly the same way as he did against France. He is not the sort of player to go past opponents. He is up and down, a grafter. He has got stacks of energy. He delivered some very good balls in the first half. But he does not have the pace. Pace terrifies full-backs.

Roy Hodgson should stick to what he has done over the years in terms of formation. It was not 4-4-2 against Sweden. It was Hodgson's normal four defenders and four midfielders. But then Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck dropped deep at times and also had space to run forward.

School-boy errors

But the defending in general was terrible. School children could have done better. The two goals were very poor defending. Hodgson will watch that on DVD and know England are not going to be a healthy side if they defend like that from dead-ball situations.

It is basic man-marking. They are not stupid. The manager will say before the game, 'I want you to mark No.9'. You go and do that. When Olof Mellberg scored his second goal, there was nobody in three or four yards of him. Who was supposed to be marking him? That is what England need to find out. Whoever it was needs to be told they cannot do that in international football.

People should also not get too excited about England after this result. Sweden have gone out of the competition after losing both of their games so far and they are not the best side to play against. If England had played well, they could have scored more goals. But give England credit, they came back well after going 2-1 behind.

Now, Wayne Rooney will come back into the team. You cannot bring a player of his quality in the squad and not use him. England need him against Ukraine to make sure they qualify for the quarter-finals.

Hodgson needs to decide who Rooney will replace. Carroll did very well at times and scored a fantastic goal. Welbeck also scored an excellent goal. Hodgson has a decision to make. But there is no doubt Rooney comes back into the side.

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European Championships Group A

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1 Czech Republic 3 6
2 Greece 3 4
3 Russia 3 4
4 Poland 3 2

European Championships Group B

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1 Germany 3 9
2 Portugal 3 6
3 Denmark 3 3
4 Netherlands 3 0

European Championships Group C

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1 Spain 3 7
2 Italy 3 5
3 Croatia 3 4
4 Republic of Ireland 3 0

European Championships Group D

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1 England 3 7
2 France 3 4
3 Ukraine 3 3
4 Sweden 3 3

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