Carroll hails ‘great’ England

June 16th, 2012 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kiev (Ukraine), June 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Andy Carroll has hailed the “great” England performance that saw his side narrowly scrape past Sweden 3-2 in their Euro 2012 encounter here.

The Liverpool striker put England ahead with a trademark header in the 23rd minute, but the Swedes turned it around dramatically after the break only for England to hit back and score a late winner Friday.

“It was a great performance by everyone,” Carroll said. “We all stuck at it even when we went 1-2 down, and got the two goals to get the win.”

The 23-year-old front man said the result illustrated the close bonds the team have forged since Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 camp began a week before the tournament kicked off.

“We fought back and we all know what we’re about and we’ve got a great team spirit going on.”

He agreed with teammate Theo Walcott, who had likened the atmosphere to a family.

“We’re really close. Back at the camp we all stick together and we’re all good friends and having a laugh. That’s the key really.”

Carroll’s strike was his first international goal in his maiden competitive appearance for his country.

England drew 1-1 with Group B favourites France, and after the Swedish victory need a point against co-hosts Ukraine Tuesday to qualify for the quarter-finals.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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