England fans enjoy first-half lead

England's Andy Carroll scores the first goal of the Euro 2012 game against Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine

England fans in the fan zone in Kiev, Ukraine

England and Sweden fans mingle with each other, singing football songs, at the fanzone in Kiev, Ukraine

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Thousands of England fans have enjoyed the first half of the team's crucial Euro 2012 match against Sweden.

Andy Carroll justified his recall by heading England ahead in their Euro 2012 Group D encounter in Kiev.

The Liverpool striker broke the deadlock after 23 minutes when he headed home a pinpoint centre from skipper Steven Gerrard.

England were the more threatening and Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson denied Scott Parker with a fine save before Carroll struck on his first competitive start for his country.

The game began 15 minutes later than planned to avoid a clash with France's 2-0 win over Ukraine in Donetsk, which was delayed by rain.

There were around 20,000 Swedish fans in the stadium, outnumbering the England contingent by a four-to-one ratio.

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