Ukranian pensioner Andriy Shevchenko‘stwo-goal strike put the joint host nation in the driving seat in Group D with a 2-1 win over Sweden.
The former Milan and Chelsea striker silenced his many, many critics when scoring twice for his country after Zlatan Ibramovich gave Sweden the lead on 52 minutes.
But Shevchenko who had earlier spurned a gilt-edged chance to give the Ukraine the lead equalised three minutes later and then got the winner on 61 minutes.
Ealier, Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions gained a deserved 1-1 draw with France to put them in a strong position when they face Sweden next Friday.
With confidence in England’s prospects at a low ebb pre-tournament, their chances of getting out of Group D in Paddy Power’s online betting were given a lift by Joleon Lescott’s 30th minute goal before Samir Nasri equalised nine minutes later.
The England manager said: “Overall I thought it was a very good team performance against one of the side’s that are fancied to win the tournament.”
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