Walcott confident after French display

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England winger Theo Walcott has called on his teammates to build on their encouraging result against France on Monday by winning both of their remaining Group D games.

The 23-year-old made a late substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw in Donetsk, and reflected positively on the manner of the performance, saying it can provide the perfect platform for progression.

With attention now turning to the game against Sweden on Friday, the Arsenal forward is sure that the players will take confidence into the encounter in Kiev, and can't wait for it to kick-off.

"I am excited for Friday night," Walcott told "The game the other day was always going to be tough. A draw was a good start, but you can always improve.

"We have to score more goals because we don't concede many. We are training very hard and the Manager and staff have been great with all the preparation. We just have to make sure we do it for the fans on Friday and get the win.

"It is a solid start. Ukraine will be tough when we come to that game as well. We just have to think we need to win the next two games and don't worry about anyone else, but we will make sure we are ready."

Team spirit in the Three Lions camp is high, as Walcott explained how the players have settled well into their Krakow base, which can only bode well for the national team on the pitch.

The squad have been given plenty of time to wind down and relax between training sessions, to ensure they are in peak condition come game time.

"The lads are in the game room after lunch and dinner playing table tennis, FIFA, snooker - it's all happening," he added. "I am not bad on FIFA but I have gone to the table tennis, I am jumping from one and two seed.

"It is quite important for the team to be together before the matches to prepare well. It is trying to make it as normal as possible like it as club level. It is working and it is going quite well.

"A lot of people seem to forget what goes on in the background. Everything is done for us here, we are well treated, people will never see that. We have to thank them as well. They are all great. I don’t want to leave anyone out but everyone here is fantastic."

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