England shrug off 'spying' incident

England manager Roy Hodgson was spied on while briefing the Three Lions players at their hotel before defeating Sweden

England manager Roy Hodgson was spied on while briefing the Three Lions players at their hotel before defeating Sweden

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England will not review their Euro 2012 security after claims a Swedish journalist spied on their preparations for the clash between the two nations.

The reporter was said to have used binoculars to spy on manager Roy Hodgson briefing the Three Lions players at their hotel in Krakow city centre ahead of Friday night's match.

The journalist passed on what he learned to the Swedish camp but England still won 3-2.

But Club England managing director Adrian Bevington has denied England will change the way they prepare ahead of the final Group D game against Ukraine on Tuesday when a draw will be enough to put them in the quarter-finals.

Bevington told Sky Sports News: "(The journalist) read the team board and so was able to see some of the plans that we had in place. I can't say it's something that's causing us great consternation in the England camp. It certainly wasn't a security breach and it didn't affect the result thankfully."

Asked if England would be reviewing security, Bevington said: "No we won't be."

The reporter, Ola Billger, 40, of Stockholm paper Svenska Dagbladet, told the Sun he looked out of his third-floor window and could see the briefing through a glass roof.

He knew which players would mark their Swedish opposition.

"England decided to lay all their secrets out before me," he said. "What was I supposed to do - look away? I called the Swedish camp straight away and they seemed delighted."

Sweden were knocked out of the tournament by goals from Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

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