England kick off their European Championships shortly, and after two friendly wins things are on the up – but how far can they go in the tournament?
Roy Hodgson has plenty of injury problems ahead of the competition with three of his original squad now ruled out of this summer’s football. John Ruddy, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard all miss out. This makes the midfield for The Three Lions a lot weaker than Hodgson would have wanted.
With a tough first match against France and then games against Sweden and Ukraine, progressing from the group stage was never going to be easy but it is made all the more difficult with players sidelined. Despite this, however, recent victories in the warm ups, together with two clean sheets and seen a sense of optimism flood over the nation.
Surely they can’t do it? Can they?
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England have not lived up to expectations in recent major tournaments. However, despite not playing well the often do make it through the group stages.
The quarter-final has been their nemesis over the last decade and it could prove to be the hurdle the side fall at again. You can back this happening at 11/5.
With hopes a bit lower than usual from the English fans, the team could benefit and play better football with the pressure somewhat off.
Spain, Holland and Germany look to be the three favourites to lift the trophy in Poland and Ukraine and England seem to be some way off the standard of these three.
However, Wayne Rooney’s suspension could benefit Hodgson’s side. If they manage to win the first two matches then they would be welcoming a fresh, fit and eager to impress Rooney into a side that has plenty of confidence. The Manchester United striker could play a massive part in Euro 2012.
England have the talent to go far in the tournament, no doubt about it but if they are to do so, players must work well together. They are being offered at 10/1 to finish the European Championships as runners up.