England completed an unbeaten 2011 in satisfactory style by ending their 43-year wait for a victory with a 1-0 win over Sweden.

A first-half deflected Gareth Barry header, from Stewart Downing's swirling cross and turned in by Daniel Majstorovic, proved enough to secure the win, in addition to becoming England's landmark 2,000th goal.

The result means the Three Lions have gone through the entire year without defeat, although Fabio Capello will be wary about reading too much into the triumph given how much club combat his players must slog their way through before arriving in Poland and Ukraine.

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