Roy Hodgson faces an enormous task to raise the hopes of a nation still angry with its football team for a dismal showing at the 2010 World Cup. The defensive-minded coach is also contending with a series of injuries and suspension to arguably the weakest squad England has seen for years but will inevitably make his team tough to break down.
- England average over 3 goals a game in the European Championships
- Failed to win last two competitive games despite taking the lead. Both ended as draws
- None of the most recent competitive meetings with group opposition (France 2004, Sweden 2006, Ukraine 2009) ended in victory.
Aston Villa: Once numbered among the stronger sides in the world but firmly in decline and likely to resort to defensive tactics. Injuries/suspensions to big players suggests tough tournament ahead.
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Wayne Rooney’s absence for the first two games opens the door for Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll to fight it out for a place in the first two games. Ashley Young could be the man to watch as England’s top scorer, having scored 4 in 7 for his country.
England to score 4 or less goals 11/10 with Coral.