England Have Good Chance Of Making Quarter Finals Tonight


English fans will be hoping England can avoid a defeat against host country Ukraine tonight, and advance to the quarter finals of the Euro 2012 Championships.

Wayne Rooney – let’s hope he has a good game tonight

The England displays at the World Cup in South Africa were simply embarrassing, but to be fair to Roy Hodgson and his players,  they’ve put in two decent performances in the first two games of Euro 2012, albeit they seemed to lose the plot in the first 20 minutes of the second half against Sweden, last time out.

But after being well in control in the first half of that game, and leading through a classic Andy Carroll header, England went down 2-1 after 59 minutes, and few of  us thought they could come back.

But they did come back, and showed fight and spirit, and Arsenal winger Theo Walcott was the lightning rod that allowed  an excellent result,  and a good comeback by England.

Roy Hodgson seems to have generated  good team spirit in the squad, and we expect Wayne Rooney to come in for Andy Carroll tonight, and be paired with the impressive Danny Welbeck, his team-mate at Manchester United.

If Theo Walcott has recovered from a tight hamstring, he will likely come in on the right wing for former Newcastle winger James Milner, whose defensive qualities may be needed in the quarter finals,  if England get that far.

Ukraine’s best ever player Andriy Shevchenko is only 50-50 for the game, because of  fluid on the knee, and on paper it should be a fairly easy game for England, with England ranked 6 and the Ukraine ranked 52 in the latest FIFA rankings.

But that means very little in these competitive games, and indeed until Spain scored their winner after 88 minutes against Croatia last night, a Croatia late goal would have meant the reigning World and European Champions would have been eliminated.

We hope for a good England display, and if the defense can play well, and not have any bad spells like they suffered against Sweden, and if Wayne Rooney can play somewhere near his best form, England should win this game.

A win could even see England head the group, and that would mean getting Italy in the quarter finals, otherwise we’ll have to face World Champions Spain.

But if England get through, there has to be a decent chance that England can make it to the semi-finals, and that would have to go down as a notable success for Roy Hodgson and the team, given the circumstances in which Roy took over the England job in early May.

We are hoping for an England win – but we’ll take a draw to get through to the quarter finals.

Comments welcome.



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159 comments so far

  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    If we want to finish top and avoid Spain we need to win by 1 more goal than France do, so we’ll have to win atleast 3-1 tonight. Can’t see Sweden getting anything off the French although it would be good for us. Nevertheless, we still haven’t qualified ourselves and can’t take this game for granted.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope people aren’t pinning their hopes on rooney. He’s hardly ever good in an England shirt.
    Also its nice to see how much the team are concentrating and taking the euros seriously by having a bloke come and give them new crap hair cuts.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Cwarr the germans the right to mock us in almost every footy related international matter ….. But not on crap haircuts not after the unleashed the mullet on the world

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  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    IMO, it should be Carroll up top with young behind, Welbeck was awful on Friday ( bar the goal) , I know young was as well, but oxlade chamberlain looks quality.

    Hart
    Johnson Terry Lescott Cole
    Walcott Parker Gerrard Ox
    Young
    Carroll

    I know this team isn’t the best buts its the team with the most threat.
    Rooney shouldn’t just be starting because it’s Rooney. If Young/ Carroll arnt performing then bring him on but we’ve done ok so far W/O him.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I like woy. I think he’s the right kind of manager for international competition. Gets his tactics right. Knows how to use his players. Seems to get the best out of average players.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    The mullet was terrific. Pat sharp is a god.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed probably has another article on standby with `England had a good chance and blew it`. I feel a familiar surge of pessimism coming on. Will Rooney play the full 90, or will the ref take him off? Will JT`s big cone hat slip over his eyes at a crucial moment? We wait with trepidation.

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  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Not impressed by Milner starting. Walcott did enough on Friday to start, plus he passed his fitness test so no excuses not to start him.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Steady dont diss the mullet….

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Cwarr lol! Did you ever see pat sharp on the celebrity version of the games? Watchin the poor fcuker weight lift!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #11

    @super agreed. You don’t have to play your best player in order to play your best team.
    This is the downfall of many a team. I know hollands situation was different but this was part of their downfall.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Super magpie carroll wasnt much better mate completly out the game after his goal, good goal by the way, but also was the one who started marking olsson for the equaliser n just stood still when olsson broke off, rooney n welbeck have played up top in a decent looking attack for utd all season and i think thats what is needed cos on the attack the england team look like a group of strangers

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Spain don’t look brilliant, they only just beat Croatia and that was once Croatia opened up and started attacking.

    Spain have been found out like barca, teams might not be technically as good as them but they plan one way and have no plan B.

    I think Germany are the strongest side, think Portugal have a good chance too.

    The whole point of international football is to blindly follow your team and think you are unbeatable,

    Although my head says England won’t win I have a feeling we will win 5-1 in the final. I might be going mad haha

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I think holland were undone by a terrible back 4.

    You need a solid foundation or you will be found out and they were ultimately found out.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    John terry isn’t with the team today. He’s come back to carry the torch through yorkshire. To light crosses on lawns across Bedford

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    *bradford. Damn android.

    Im bound to get slaughtered for bein un-pc

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Walcott should be starting no question

    Cwarr dont think rooney is starting because hes our best player but because he is the missing link between midfield and attack both carroll n welbeck just stand up top waiting for tge ball in carrolls case he stands around the penalty spot waiting for the ball to hit his head!

    But rooney forces the play drags defenders out of position and generally just opens defenses n creates plays

    Either that or two foot some1 and get a straight red!

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  • Sinner

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Ben Arfa starting tonight for France!Yay! 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Rich toon aye thr dutch back 4 was piss poor and that muppet between the sticks was sh1te!!

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  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Sinner

    Brilliant

    Rich_toonfan

    Apparently there were many ‘disagreements’ in the holland camp.
    There was the Ajax side and the feyenoord side. Big ego’s was their downfall, unsurprising when the likes of van persie and robben are there.

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  • Whoarya.com

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    As I have supported England since 1970 in a state of advancing awareness I will be keeping stum about who we want in the next round because we have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory very often.

    Confident though and everything is crosse d

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Loved the suns player ratings for the Sweden games. Carroll gerrard and parker got 7 but glen Johnson got 6. At times Johnson looked like the only guy trying. The sun love parker too cos he runs around like a headless chicken

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Score predictions everybody? 3-0 for me, john terry, welbeck and rooney.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Hatem starts for France!

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    0-0 England stuck on the back foot, rooney gets frustrated and lamps Andy Carroll only to have his skull fractured by a size 12 adidas

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  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Interesting read about the Europa league.

    http://kassiesa.home.xs4all.nl/bert/uefa/seedel2012.html

    Some decent teams in it like inter, marseille, CSKA (I hope we dont get them). We’re seeded but our co-efficient isn’t that high.

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    @super magpie
    I thought we had to go through a play off match?

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Do really need these hope filled inspirational videos of England from itv?

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  • super magpie

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Danny’s

    Playoff round/ 4th qualifying round

    It’s a bit strange how an unknown team from Cyprus has a higher co-efficient than us.

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  • mondziu

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    They gained it by performing in European competitions over last 5 years, something we missed…

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  • mondziu

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #31

    I FEEL IGNORED AGAIN…

    I’M OFF.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t support England national team so don’t care about there result

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33

    the England team consists of the world’s most over paid and over rated players .. just saying

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    I am counting on updates from the England game cause I am watching France 😉

    No offense!

    Cabaye is on the bench and to qoute my lovely girlfriend: “Ben Arthur is playing” 😉 lol

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Arfa , arfa ,arfa ,arfa ,arfa, arfa

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Arfa shoots wide ooooo

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Wata ball by arfa mwaaaaa

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Omfg sweeds almost scored

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Debuchy again lookn world class. I fear his prize may b up more now

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  • geordie157

    Jun 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m watching the French, interested to see how debuchy and arfa link up

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