Sunday, 10 June 2012

France vs England Preview

The fourth day of the championships sees the introduction of the final four teams to play, Group D.

The opening game will be played in Donetsk and sees 2010 meltdown kings France take on a team that tried to run them close for that title, England. The French are favorites after manager Laurent Blanc has completely turned them around from the shambles at the last World Cup, headed by former gaffer Raymond Domenech. England on the other hand have been all over the place after Capello's exit, injuries ect.

Since Roy Hodgson has taken over, England have been the talk of controversy following their original squad announcement and the call ups following injuries. With expectation lower than ever, many have said that this could work in the team's favor, however they miss Wayne Rooney for the first two matches and the group is not an easy one, with the Swedes and the co-host Ukraine to follow.

Although the French just pipped Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualification, they have become one of the world's in form sides and are tipped to do well in the tournament. With the likes of Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, England will be facing a tough night at the back. Especially given that they will be missing Gary Cahill and obviously Rio Ferdinand.

I think the French will win this game to be honest, England are not so strong and France have a good attacking presence. I think England will have a tough task to qualify and may have to beat Ukraine in the final match in order to reach the quarters.

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