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Swedes sweet on Cole

21 Jun 2006 - 10:08:16

England midfielder Joe Cole won high praise from Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson after his wonder strike in the 2-2 between the two sides in Cologne.

Chelsea schemer Cole cracked in a superb 35-yard shot to give England the lead 34 minutes into the Group B finale, before Sweden hit back to earn a point.

Isaksson told BBC Sport: "Cole was England's best player by a long way. He is very important to this England team.

"He has lots of skills the others don't have. He scored a great goal and we were very impressed with him."

Of his country's 38-year unbeaten record against England, Isaksson added: "I don't know why England can't beat us.

"I think we are extra motivated when we play against England because in Sweden we grew up with English football and we watch the Premier League.

"It has always inspired us and we have many players who have played in the Premier League.

"Whatever the reason, we are happy about it and happy England still couldn't beat us here. We take great confidence from that."

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