EURO 2012: France vs England
France didn’t have so easy path to EURO 2012, at least not as easy as they expected at the beginning of qualifying group. They ended as first, in a group against Bosnia, Romania and Belarus as their biggest opponents. They finally secured their spot in a last game of the qualifying group against Bosnia at home, as they drew 1:1 (a little bit with referees help, must be said). Anyway, after the qualifying rounds, they played two friendly matches winning against USA 1:0 and drawing to Belgium in a goalless match. French team played three friendly matches last month as a preparation period for this EURO, winning against Iceland 3:2 (although they were losing 0:2 and struggled for the most of the game), then later on won against Serbia 2:0 (with two quick goals, while the Serbs were quite equal opponent for the most of the game) and finally, they have won in style against Estonia 4:0.
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England also didn’t have very easy path to EURO as they expected. The English were in a group against Switzerland, Montenegro, Wales and Bulgaria as their biggest opponents. They also needed very last rounds in order to secure their spot, drawing against Montenegro 2:2 in last round in Podgorica. After that, they played two friendlies back in November, winning over Spain and Sweden with the same narrow 1:0 result – both games were played in England. This year, they won over Norway and Belgium both in friendlies and once again with the same narrow 1:0 result. English were winning their previous games, but not in a convincing style and it was obvious that they lack offensive power.
English side will be without Frank Lampard at this competition who is ruled out from a preliminary squad due tight injury. Additionally, Wayne Rooney is serving a suspension and these two will represent a huge blow for English side. Under these circumstances it is hard to imagine the English side to come out with any better result than a draw.
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