Evra expects 'more football' from Ukraine
France defender Patrice Evra believes Ukraine will play 'more football' than England did in their Euro 2012 Group D opener.
Last Updated: 13/06/12 3:13pm
France defender Patrice Evra believes Ukraine will play 'more football' than England did against them in their Euro 2012 Group D opener.
The Three Lions put in a resilient display against Laurent Blanc's men in Donetsk on Monday, defending for much of the second half after Samir Nasri had cancelled out Joleon Lescott's opener just before the break.
It was a performance very much in the mould of their manager, Roy Hodgson, who sets his teams out first and foremost to be hard to beat.
Manchester United full-back Evra stopped short of criticising England for their tactics, but did admit he expects a more offensive display from co-hosts Ukraine in the Donbass Arena on Friday.
"England were really strong and that is the way Roy Hodgson likes his teams to play," said the 31-year-old.
"When he was at Fulham and Switzerland, that was the way he set teams up and that is what we expected.
"We watched recent games and noticed that England were more organised. They want to play like that. That was the tactic, that was the plan.
"They didn't plan to go forward, to score a lot of goals, and in the end they got the draw.
"Everyone has just been talking about France and England but I think now, the difficult games, they are coming.
"We play against Ukraine at their home and it is not going to be easy.
"But I think maybe Ukraine will play more football [than England] and maybe we will get more space."
When quizzed on England's prospects of progressing in the tournament Evra pinpointed the return of Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney as crucial to their hopes.
Rooney is suspended for the first two games of the tournament after his sending off against Montenegro in qualifying, though he is poised to return for the final group game against Ukraine next Tuesday.
"Can England go far in the tournament? I don't know. I will just say that they are difficult to beat," he added.
"But having Rooney back will be good for them. He is a very important player for England.
"Of course, he will bring something different but England are strong. They drew against France and now I wish them the good luck."