For a team thrown together in one training session, by a manager thrown into the job only six weeks earlier, there was always a danger this could be a chaotic European Championship encounter.
But Roy Hodgson should be extremely satisfied with a first competitive win against Sweden in England’s history and one that leaves them needing only a draw against Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday to progress to the quarter-finals.
For a start, the changes he made to his team, both in the side he selected to start and the substitution he made in response to seeing Sweden suddenly surge into a 2-1 lead, were inspired.
Rescue act: Welbeck celebrates with Andy Carroll after scoring England's third goal
Cities & Stadiums
The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|