Andy Carroll headers England into the lead after 30 minutes

England defeated Sweden for the first time ever in a compelling game with endless twists and turns. There was one change in the English team with Andy Carroll coming in for Chamberlain, meaning Ashley Young went to the left whilst Carroll partnered Welbeck up front. England manager Roy Hodgson’s plan showed immediate effect as Gerrard’s cross was converted powerfully by the 6 foot 5 striker Andy Carroll,  showing everyone why he was in the team. At half time things looked good for England and the pundits even started talking about the amount of goals that they were going to win by.

However, the second half was a shock to everyone as Sweden quickly scored a goal through their captain Olof Mellberg. England were stunned and before they could re-group the big centre back had scored again leaving England 2 – 1 down and heading for defeat. Just as the Three Lions seemed to be falling apart Roy Hodgson made a substitution that was to save the game for England. Theo Walcott replaced James Milner and made an instant impact. From an England corner the ball dropped to Walcott who with his first touch slammed home a wonder goal.

Suddenly all the momentum was with the English and they started to push hard for a winner. Theo Walcott showed his pace to burst past the Sweden defence before crossing the ball into Danny Welbeck. With his back to goal it looked impossible to score.  Astonishingly he managed to execute a perfect back-heel volley through his own legs and past the sprawling keeper. In the end Theo Walcott was England’s saviour whilst Roy Hodgson continues to show why he is the right man for the job. This 3 – 2 result means England only need a point in the final game against the hosts Ukraine. You can watch that match on Tuesday on ITV 1 at 7:45 pm. Full match highlights

Danny Welbeck (left) celebrates with strike partner Andy Carroll

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