England will need to go all out for a win tonight against Sweden, in the very last game of the second round of matches.
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England play in the later game in Group D at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, after host nation Ukraine take on a good looking French side at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
But for whatever reaosn England always find Sweden a difficult team to beat in competitive games, and have never won one of their previous seven competitive meetings with the Scandinavian country.
But there are some signs that new manger Roy Hodgson, who knows all about Swedish football from his time managing at Malmo and Örebro SK, will have England attack Sweden tonight.
The news is that young 18 year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain will be on the bench, and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will come in and get his first taste of European action, up front at center-forward, so let’s hope Andy can rough up the Swedes just a little bit
Sweden are not good at defending crosses into the box, and it seems that Hodgson, who has studied films of the way Sweden play, plans to go after that supposed weakness in the Swedish rearguard.
England don’t absolutely need to win tonight to keep their chances of progressing to the knockout rounds alive, but they will probably need at least 4 points from their remaining two games in the group, and the third game against the Ukraine could be a difficult match.
But if England can show the same defensive resilience they showed against France, but with more thoughts of actually going after the opposition, then a win tonight is entirely possible.
And that would put England nicely positioned to go through to the knockout rounds of the competition, and anything less than that will be viewed as an England failure in Euro 2012.
What do you think?