England captain Steven Gerrard has hailed his side’s unbreakable spirit in the wake of their comeback win against Sweden.
The Three Lions found themselves 2-1 down after letting a one goal half-time lead slip away, but goals from substitute Theo Walcott and Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck turned the tie around. England now go into their final group stage match against Ukraine needing only a draw to progress to the quarter-finals.
And Gerrard believes the growing spirit in the England camp is turning Roy Hodgson’s side into a team to be reckoned with.
Speaking after the Sweden game, Gerrard said: “Credit needs to be given to the whole team. The work-rate has been tremendous and at times it feels like we’re unbreakable.”
England had to battle hard to overcome a Sweden team led by the frighteningly talented by frustratingly ineffectual Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And Gerrard believes the strength of character required to overturn the second-half deficit demonstrates the camaraderie and togetherness of this new England squad.
“We showed a lot of character but the disappointing thing is that, after going a goal up and completely controlling the first half, I felt we shouldn’t have needed to," said Gerrard. "We lost concentration on two set-pieces and were punished. But in general play I thought we were very good.”
England face co-hosts Ukraine in their final group game, while France take on the already eliminated Swedes. Roy Hodgson welcomes back Wayne Rooney for the match on Tuesday night, and either Andy Carroll or Danny Welbeck are likely to make way to accommodate the United striker’s return.