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Gerrard: we'll go for it against Sweden

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Steven Gerrard admits he is happy England avoided defeat against France in their Euro 2012 opener on Monday – but says the Three Lions must now go all out for victory against Sweden on Friday.

England secured a precious point in Donetsk despite spending much of the game on the back foot after Joleon Lescott gave them the lead on the half hour mark thanks to a pinpoint cross from Gerrard before Samir Nasri equalised nine minutes later.

Victory against Sweden, who succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Ukraine hours after England's draw, on Friday will take England to the brink of qualification for the knockout stages and Gerrard wants England to go all out to secure three points.

“We would have been delighted with a win but France have got fantastic players," said Gerrard. "I thought we caused them as many problems as they caused us so we're satisfied with the performance.

"But we said before the game that win, lose or draw we wouldn't get carried away and that this was just a platform.

"It's great to get off the mark points-wise. Now we need to follow it up with a win and try to get four points out of two games.

While England appeared content to sit deep as the game progressed and settle for a point, the Liverpool skipper admits it will only have been a shrewd move to try and avoid defeat rather than go for the win if they back it up with victory over Sweden in Kiev.

"This is only a good point if we go on to get the points we need to get out of this group,” he commented.

“We will analyse this game - what we've done right and what we've done wrong - and then we'll go into the Sweden game hopefully all recovered. There's still loads of hard work to do."

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