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Larsson's Euro disappointment

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by Stuart Vose

Early exit disappoints Swede.

Seb Larsson felt the defeat to England summed up Sweden's misfortunes at Euro 2012.

The Sunderland winger, who returned to training on Wearside this week, played in all three of his country's games as they exited the tournament at the group stage.

Larsson scored in the 2-0 win over France but by then the damage had already been done, with the Swedes squandering leads against both Ukraine and England to lose both games.

And the former Birmingham man admitted to mixed emotions after the men in yellow and blue were made to pay dearly for defensive lapses.

"It was great to be involved in the Championships and a great experience, but to go out in the group stages was a disappointing thing," he said.

"We wanted to progress but unfortunately we couldn't.

"I got a goal and it is nice to say I scored in a major championship, but in the end it didn't matter too much.

"The England game summed us up. We felt we had the game exactly where we wanted it.

"We were 2-1 up after about 65 minutes and comfortable, but they got a fluky goal to equalise and it was a great finish from [Danny] Welbeck for the winner.

"They were silly goals for us to concede and it was the same story in the first game. We were winning after an hour and ended up conceding two poor goals.

"If you do that then you're not going to go through."