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England defeat Sweden in Kiev

Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring England's third goal of the game with teammate Andy Carroll. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Three Lions roared in Kiev tonight, as England defeated Sweden 3 - 2.

Andy Carroll scored England's first goal after twenty-three minutes, as he headed in a pass from captain Steven Gerrard.

Sweden equalised shortly after half time when former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg found the back of the net.

It was the first of two goals on the night for the Swede, as unmarked, he headed past Joe Hart again 10 minutes later to give his team the lead.

Substitute Theo Walcott is mobbed by his teammates after scoring England's equalising goal. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England manager Roy Hodgson brought on Theo Walcott for James Milner two minutes later, and within three minutes of arriving on to the pitch he scored an equaliser for England.

Then seventy-eight minutes into what was an emotional game Danny Welbeck backheeled England to victory.

The Manchester United striker told ITV Sport he was "delighted" to score the winning goal:

I am just delighted to get my first goal at a major tournament. As soon as we got the equaliser we knew that we were going to win.

– Danny Welbeck, England striker
Danny Welbeck celebrates his winning goal with Andy Carroll. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsenal's Theo Walcott added that finally getting a chance for England in his second major tournament has felt like "a long time coming".

He reveals that England manager Roy Hodgson didn't feel the need to issue any instructions on the touch-line.

"The manager didn't say much. They know what I can do. He said during the week: 'These next two games will be very important for you. You need to come on and make a difference.' That's all I needed to know, that he had so much trust in me."

England manager Roy Hodgson said he was "delighted" by England's 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev, and hailed the influence of substitute Theo Walcott as his matchwinner.

"Theo showed his qualities and played a major part in this result," Hodgson told ITV's Gabriel Clarke.

And Hodgson indicated his mind was already on a quarter-final place, admitting: "It's a cliche, but there are no easy games in these groups, but we've given ourselves a chance of qualification."

England fans could not contain their excitement as they streamed out of the stadium and on to the streets of Kiev after the match.

England now only need a draw in their final Group D match against co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday evening to qualify for the quarter-finals.

In Group D's other match, France defeated Ukraine by two goals to nil.

A lightening storm in Donetsk had meant the match was temporarily suspended after just five minutes, but the weather cleared for the fixture to be completed.

For full analysis and reaction from England's second Euro 2012 match visit ITV's Sport site.

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