Gerrard confident of positive result against Sweden

The skipper believes the point against Laurent Blanc's men restored hope into the side, and he is now looking to claim a victory against a side who lost their opening game

Steven Gerrard is confident that England can improve upon their hard-fought draw against France with victory over Sweden.

The Three Lions have never beaten Erik Hamren’s side in a competitive fixture, a record lasting for more than 40 years, but the captain believes the tide can turn on Friday in Kiev.

"We are not getting carried away and we just need to build on each game and the France game has gone now,” Gerrard told reporters.

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"We've got out of it partly what we wanted. We will analyse the game and what we did wrong and right and we go for the Swedes now.

"We need to get three points against them and then the point against France becomes very important.

"The Swedes are difficult and I don't think we've beaten them for a long time in a competitive game.

"We will respect them but, with all respect, it's a game we should win."

England drew their first match of the 2010 World Cup, but Gerrard has insisted that the mood in the dressing room is different from that in South Africa.

He continued: "The difference now to two years ago is we came off that game against the USA deflated with no belief and confidence.

"I think after getting a point against France, in the dressing room there was a lot of belief and confidence and a lot of togetherness and that is what you need."

Results, so far, have been positive under Roy Hodgson’s short reign, following back-to-back friendly wins against Norway and Belgium and Monday's draw against France.

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And Gerrard is confident that their form will continue after praising the former West Brom manager’s disciplined approach.

Gerrard added: "Of course, we haven't been together so long and the lads have taken the tactics on board really quickly.

"I'm not surprised how quickly we have adapted to the discipline required because I know the manager really well [from his time in charge at Liverpool] and he puts the message across really well.

"It's alright doing that but the boys have got to take it on board and they've got to listen and against France we were unbreakable at times.

"It is a very good sign and to do well in these tournaments, you need to be very good defensively and we were against France.