The Sons of Albion will play at the European Championship for the eighth time. The biggest success was a bronze medal in 1968. In their five-team qualifying group they quite easily took the first place against Montenegro with five wins and three draws. The English like the French, lost the last few big events.
The resignation of Fabio Capello from the function of a coach a few months before the start of the Euro will not be helpful for them. The Italian coach could not respect the decision of the federation about withdrawing the captain’s armband from John Terry for his allegedly racist speech against Anton Ferdinand. Currently, the position of the coach was taken by Stuart Pierce, however, the main candidate for this position is still Harry Redknapp.
The most important players in the team of the English at Euro will be Jermain Defoe, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and of course Wayne Rooneywho, who will be responsible for shooting goals, however, it will occur only in the last group match. This is the punishment for a brutal foul in the final qualifying match against Montenegro. In the defensive, the core person is John Terry.
The biggest problem, as usual, the English may have with positioning the right person in the goal post. The last tournament in South Africa only proved the thesis that the English have never had luck with goalkeepers. England, as usual, will be dangerous, they can afford a very good result and deserve serious consideration because at any rate is one of the favourites for the Championship.
England Euro 2012 Squad
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich).
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton).
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City).
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).
England Euro 2012 Group Matches
Monday, June 11, 2012 France v England (18:00 CET in Donetsk)
Friday, June 15, 2012 Sweden v England (18:00 CET in Kiev)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 England v Ukraine (20:45 CET in Donetsk)
- Best World Cup Result: Winners (1966)
- Best European Championship Result: Third Place (1968)
- Record Scorer: Sir Bobby Charlton (49 goals between 1958 and 1970)
- Most Capped Player: Peter Shilton (125 caps between 1970 and 1990)
- Coach: Roy Hodgson
- Captain: Scott Parker