Welbeck: We can peel the Swedes

England striker Danny Welbeck is expecting a more open game against Sweden in Kiev on Friday.

Roy Hodgson’s side drew 1-1 with France in their Euro 2012 Group D opener, with chances at a premium as both sides looked to begin their campaign with a solid performance.

Welbeck was delighted to lead the England line against France and, while he was offered little support, he believes the encouraging performance has given the English a good foundation in the tournament.

“I think in the France game, as a start for us, we set out our platform,” he said. “We really want to build on that from now on – I think we can improve a lot more.

“I was quite isolated at times but, at that level of football, you’re not going to get the possession you are used to and you’ve got to take it in your stride.”

Welbeck was missing the influence of his club-mate Wayne Rooney, who completes his two-match ban against France but will be available for selection against Ukraine on Tuesday.

“We all know the passion Wayne has for football. He’s itching to get out on the pitch. It will be better for us once his suspension is done and he can come in and play for us.”

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