Roy Hodgson's decisions key to England's win in Kiev

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Andy Carroll celebrates scoring England's opener in Kiev.
Andy Carroll celebrates scoring England's opener in Kiev. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The first thing you have to say about England's match against Sweden is that it was breathtaking, and at times, it had the feel of a Premier League tussle.

It was just the reward for all of those England fans who made the long and difficult journey to get to Kiev.

If you had to pick a stand out moment, it is Roy Hodgson's decision making.

He started with Andy Carroll, and he scored the first goal of course, just like Hodgson hoped he would.

Theo Walcott scored one and made the winner for striker Danny Welbeck.
Theo Walcott scored one and made the winner for striker Danny Welbeck. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Then it was the substitution of Theo Walcott.

The Arsenal winger scored the eqauliser and then went on to make the winner. They will be disappointment at some parts of England's performance but they will take heart from the courage they showed to come back from 2-1 down and win the game.

It all means that England now only need a draw against Ukraine on Tuesday in Donetsk to go through to the quarter-finals.

The result was just what they wanted and just what they needed.