On Tuesday 19th June, England will play their final group game of Euro 2012, and will start the match as favourites to gain a place in the Quarter finals of this prestigious competition. After the English managed to claw back from the brink of defeat against Sweden to snatch a 3-2 victory, they need just a point to get through the group stage, but will be hoping for more, and could still pip the French to 1st place. and hopefully avoid meeting Spain in the Quarter Final.
All of the final Group matches kick off at 7.45 – and this match of course is no different. Us English will be keeping close tabs on the match between France and Sweden, who now have nothing to play for having been knocked out of the group at the hands of England. You will be able to watch the match at most good pubs in the UK (of course) and in your own front room on ITV1.
The Three Lions’ boss Roy Hodgson is faced with numerous selection dilemmas ahead of the match after both Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck scored on Friday night and played well too, but England’s star striker Wayne Rooney returns from suspension and will expect to start the match. In Midfield, Ashley Young or James Milner could be sacrificed as Hodgson finds it harder to leave Arsenal Winger Theo Walcott out after his huge impact in the second group game.
Speaking about his next opponents, The English gaffer said: “Ukraine are in our thoughts, they will be a tough nut to crack. All hosts are tough nuts to crack.” ”I managed Switzerland against hosts United States at World Cup ’94 – it wasn’t easy. The passionate crowd could push Ukraine to heights they might not ordinarily achieve.”
The Match will be played at the Dombass arena in Donetsk, and after Group D’s dramatic delaying of a fixture between France and Ukraine, England will be hoping that no freak weather gets in the way of the final fixture of the group stages.
The Barmy Army will undoubtedly be out in force once again, and will be preparing already in hope for a quarter final fixture against one of the possible opponents Italy, Spain or Croatia, and of course, praying we don’t have to face Spain for a chance of reaching the semi finals. After the spirit shown by the squad that defeat the Swedes on Friday, England will be ready and excited by the prospect of a knockout stage appearance.