Sweden in great shape ahead of Euro 2013
Sweden coach Pia Sundhage described her team's performance in a 4-1 win against England as "a good dress rehearsal that gives us self-confidence," ahead of the start of next week's European Football Championships which take place on Swedish soil.
Star striker Lotta Schelin shrugged off the effects of a cold to score twice to inflict a first defeat in eleven matches for England. Schelin's form is a major boost for the Swedish camp. The Lyon forward has now scored 54 goals for the national side.
"Lotta scored two goals and it's good for my confidence. If you have a goalscorer who scores on the eve of a tournament, it good for her confidence also," said Pia Sundhage to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
Sweden's coach was pleased with her team's all round performance, rating it the best of nine matches during her short tenure and says they will be difficult to beat when Euro 2013 gets underway in Gothenburg next Wednesday.
"I believe that it is very tough to play against us, with all the quick players that we have," says Sundhage.
England took an early lead but Sweden led at the half-time interval after goals from Antonia Goransson and Lotta Schelin.
Caroline Seger and Schelin doubled the tally as Sweden upped the tempo in the second half.