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The Three Lions manager hailed Theo Walcott
England manager has singled out Arsenal star Theo Walcott for special praise after the 3-2 win against Sweden.
The 23-year-old has been a source of frustration for club and country in recent years came off the bench after the hour mark with the Three Lions 2-1 down before scoring the equaliser before providing Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck’s winner.
“Theo’s contribution was enormous. To come on as a sub and score such a good goal and set up a winner, he’s got to be very pleased,” said Hodgson.
“I believe in him. He’s a good player and has good qualities. I’d be lying if I said I knew the players as well as you [journalists].”
England can progress to the quarter finals with a draw against Ukraine.
“I’m happy going into the final group game knowing a draw or win will see us through,” added the manager.
“Our goal is making certain that we continue doing what we’ve done in the four matches and not slip from that standard.”