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Jesse Lingard struck late on for England in their Euro U21 Group B clash against Sweden to give Gareth Southgate's side three crucial points in Olomouc.
The Manchester United youngster, who was delighted to score the winning goal, praised England's team spirit, after the win over Sweden revived England’s Euro hopes.
"We knew we needed a win," Lingard said. "We had the team spirit and heart to win the game and we showed we can grind games out.
“It came straight into my mind to shoot and luckily it went in. The goal killed them and then we saw the game out.”
Jese Lingard celebrates with his team mates. [Ation Images].
While Gareth Southgate praised the team, saying: “We had to show resilience and character and we knew how difficult it would be to break them down.”
And regarding Lingard, Southgate said: “He is an intelligent footballer. Very clean feet, sharp coming in off the line, and with good movement.
“He is a wide player who plays and follows the ball and he has a goal in him. He physically a late developer.
“He’s had an awful injury. We kept in touch with him throughout the season. He was good against Portugal. He is a quiet unassuming lad.”
He continued: “We had two injury hammer blows to outstanding players. Then the goal we conceded against Portugal and the defeat. We had to make sure the noise around us didn’t effect us. The players have taken a step in the right direction.”