Score all three points for Roy Hodgson. He started Andy Caroll, and the big man delivered with a towering (Michael Jordan would have been proud of that hang time) header for England's first goal. With England falling behind, he went to Theo Walcott, who with his first touch restored parity through a rasping open field volley. The Arsenal winger then played a seminal part in the winning goal slipping in his cross for a spinning Danny Welbeck to flick the ball with his back to goal amidst a thicket of Swedish defenders. That was a finish. Continuing in the same mode, Walcott then served Stevie Gerrard but the Liverpool man was stopped by Andreas Isaksson.
Sweden made a match out of it with a comical own goal off Glen Johnson and an Olof Mellberg header but their defense let them down at critical junctures. In the match up between the two pony tailed, stony faced assassins, Carroll came off better against Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he actually delivered although the Swede was the more constant threat.
This group would be decided on who made the least mistakes and so far England have able to dig themselves out. They have also found bonuses as Walcott proved but the Arsenal winger in a note of caution does this from time to time interspersed with longer spells of frustrating anonymity and indecisiveness. Hodgson gets back Wayne Rooney for the Ukraine match from which England only need a draw to advance to the last eight. An ideal situation for the Man Utd frontman to get stuck in. Walcott, one suspects will be brought off the bench in a super sub sort of way. He seems to be more decisive in his 20 minutes than an entire match.
Sweden turned in another disappointing Euro foray. They had their moments, more specifically Kim Kallstrom had a chance to score Sweden its third goal but his poor finishing let him and his country down.