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Why do England always do it the hard way?

18 Jun 2012

The pragmatism of English football has never been so clearly demonstrated than when the national football team goes to a major tournament. Whilst this is currently an England side still trying to find its identity and style, the bulldog...
 

Does Carroll have to start for England to succeed against Ukraine?

18 Jun 2012

In his first game of UEFA EURO 2012TM, Andy Carroll (pictured) got off to a perfect start, heading home England’s opening goal in the Three Lions’ hard-fought 3-2 win against Sweden. This impressive performance was a continuation...
 

Sweden v England: Player ratings

18 Jun 2012

In a match that can only be described as deeply stressful, England scraped past a defiant Swedish team 3-2 in their second game of Group D to secure their first three points of the tournament and leave them needing just a draw in their final game...
 

England fans want their team to win in HD

18 Jun 2012

England fans don’t just want their side to win Euro 2012 – they want to see them do it in high definition! And there are plenty of Scots, Welsh and Irish footy fans getting in on the act too. It is estimated that...
 

Walcott inspires England to victory against Sweden

16 Jun 2012

Sweden 2-3 England Substitute Theo Walcott inspired England as they came from 2-1 down to beat Sweden 3-2. England led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Andy Carroll's header, but poor defending let the Swedes in for two Olof Mellberg goals...
 

England's Hart beats steady

16 Jun 2012

Joe Hart gave an imperious display in goal to help England win 3-2 against Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Andy Carroll will rightly take all the plaudits for their part in such a...
 

How Roy's boys fared

16 Jun 2012

Well, England got there in the end. All the pre-match talk had been about what the starting line-up would be, and Roy Hodgson's decision to start with Andy Carroll proved to be a good one as the big man gave Roy's boys the lead with a superb...
 

Gerrard warns: Watch out for Ibrahimovic

15 Jun 2012

Steven Gerrard is confident that England can beat Sweden in their second group game, but says England's defence know they will have to be wary of the threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "He's world-class," said the England...
 

England: the strongest defence at Euro 2012

15 Jun 2012

Roy Hodgson’s side boast the best defensive play so far at the European Championships, according to performance data. The Three Lions roared to the top of the Castrol EDGE Performance Data defensive league with their dogged...
 

Andy Carroll starts - with a point to prove

15 Jun 2012

Andy Carroll makes his international tournament debut tonight for England against Sweden - and you can bet he'll be wanting to prove his critics wrong. The 23-year-old Liverpool striker makes Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up at the...
 

England: Top 5 strengths and weaknesses

15 Jun 2012

So Euro 2012 is well under way now and with television remotes across the nation at the ready, town centres full of passionate fans and the proud cross of St George on display, the expectation on Roy Hodgson’s men to deliver is high. ...
 

England v Sweden: Parker has a big role to play

15 Jun 2012

Kiev is the setting for the Euro 2012 final and England will be hoping that this match isn’t going to be their final visit to the Olympic Stadium. They meet Sweden, keen to build on the encouraging performance from their 1-1 draw...
 

Sweden: Win or go home

15 Jun 2012

Sweden lost their opening game against Ukraine 2-1, however they are still chasing England and France. For the Swedes, the game against England will be a win or go home situation. Blagult (the blue yellow) - as they are also known -...
 

England v Sweden: Welbeck v Ibrahimovic

15 Jun 2012

Going into Friday’s crunch encounter in Kiev, Sweden and England are separated by just one point. However, the mood of the two camps could hardly be more contrasting. Sweden approach the England game knowing that a defeat would see...
 

More possession expected from England

15 Jun 2012

Under Roy Hodgson, England are yet to achieve over 50% possession in his three games in charge so far. But bookmakers William Hill appear confident that will change tonight. They make the Three Lions 8/11 to have 50% possession or...
 

Enter The Ox – The rise of England’s young star

15 Jun 2012

England's strong display against France should be enough to bring hope to even the most pessimistic supporters, after drawing 1-1 in a game they could have won. England got themselves off to a flyer after captain Steven Gerrard's free...
 

Low expectations will be key to England’s success

13 Jun 2012

It’s been many years since England entered a tournament with expectations to win being as low as they are for Euro 2012, which initially sounds ominous and somewhat worrying. A combination of a new manager who had little preparation...
 

France v England - How did England's players perform?

12 Jun 2012

Overall, ‘satisfied’ appears to be the buzzword after England drew 1-1 against France in their Group D opener on Monday. But how did the individual players perform? Here’s Charles Byrne’s verdict on both sets of players......
 

Solid start for England against France

11 Jun 2012

France 1-1 England England made a satisfying start to their Euro 2012 campaign as they held France to a 1-1 draw in Group D. A bright first half from Roy Hodgson's men was rewarded when Joleon Lescott headed England into a 30th...
 

Hodgson is 'satisfied' with England's point against Group D rivals France

11 Jun 2012

Roy Hodgson was satisfied with England's 1-1 draw against France in their opening Group D game. The England manager said: "We played well against a top team that ask questions when coming up against you. They don't panic in the...