Thursday, June 07, 2012

Raphael Honigstein's Euro 2012 Preview: England

England is currently ranked sixth in the FIFA world rankings, but you wouldn't know it by listening to manager Roy Hodgson and other leading figures. "I don't think we are in a situation where, as a country, we can go out there and outplay too many teams," said Gareth Southgate, the FA's Head of Elite Development. "We rarely out-possess other countries, so we've got to think logically about how we set up and the best way to get results." Hodgson, too, talked about England's first match against France as if he was in charge of footballing minnows. "Whether we can beat them, I don't know," the 64 year old said. "I don't think we'll go into the game as favorites to be frank -- not in terms of what France have done in the last couple of years vis-a-vis what we have done."

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