Neglected to mention that I accidentally watched the entire ceremony. Good god it was boring.
Yeah; When did draws become oscar ceremonies?
Firstly England are not in an easy group. Remember WC 2010 and how difficult it was for us to finish second?
Once again we open the tournament against France, a side that is progressing under Laurent Blanc. We won't the game but I see us getting a draw. Next up, Sweden, a game we should win and will win. Last up, we will have to face a very hostile home crowd and I reckon we will just about edge this one too. After we qualify its anyone's guess.
Capello needs to get his tactics spot on. I think he should take Rooney because we're going to need some firepower in the latter stages of this tournament and the more the merrier. We also need to give the young guns, like Walcott, Sturridge and Johnson a chance to shine. This is critical if England are to have any chance. My predictions: (sorry, couldn't help myself)
Greece v Holland
Spain v England
Germany v Russia
France v Italy
Holland v Spain
Germany v France
Spain v Germany
I'd like another Spain v Germany final tbh.
I'd say luck was shining down on us today to be drawn in that group. Not that Ukraine are not a good team or Sweden for that matter but there are much harder games.
Looking forward to England V France. I can see a similar game to the Germany match in Munich which we won 5-1.
At least there is no climate (think Japan/ South Korea 02 and South Africa wc2010) or culture shock for the players this time.
come on England!
Gutted about the draw for Ireland, but in Trap we have possibly the best man for the job.
Ireland will, at least, be hard to beat. And have top support there.
I just hope we don't get a raft of retirements after the tournament, tbh, that way there's some continuity between both sets of qualifiers.
Feel sorry for Denmark, pleased with our group though.
It's dumb to compare us to world cup 2010. Simple switches like heskey/wright phillips/upson out hart/wilshere/walker/richards/walcott/sturridge in have improved us a lot.
Do we know which groups winners/2nd place will play whom in the knock out rounds?
Edit: seems to be teamed with group C in the knock outs which could mean Spain or Italy?
Quite a nice group. Maybe not as strong as Group D, but definitely not as weak as Group A. I' ve got tickets for the game Sweden - England in Kiev and second round matches and I'm looking for somebody to who's got tickets for the matches in Poland to swap. I guess it's not a proper place to post such an advertisement. Can you tell me where can I find somebody who could swap these tickets?