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Jamie Redknapp says England are simply better than Sweden, despite a lack of midfield options.Back to story
It's funny how you Englishmen always underestimate Sweden. It would not surprise me if Anders Svensson is in the first line-up tonight. With all due respect, but England is not Ukraine.. Neither when it comes to fighting spirit or the number of fans .. ;)
Posted 09:32 15th June 2012
I find it interesting how most pundits and Gerrard view France as the top team in this group. The French are certainly a big improvement since the WC but had one of the easier routes via qualifying. The Ukraine meanwhile showed just as much technical ability and willingness to attack in their win over Sweden as France did against England. Also, Sweden beat Croatia 3-1 in Zagreb albeit in a friendly just before these championships. That shows they've got a bit of firepower about them and with their record against England they are sure to be no pushovers. Above alI I think the Ukraine on their own patch instilled with a desire to perform as hosts are more likely to be the biggest hurdle-even if Rooney returns.
Posted 08:01 15th June 2012
Joseph - please try to understand that Michael Carrick REFUSED to be picked unless the team revolved around him, REFUSED to be on the standby list, and unlike Henderson CHOSE to go on holiday. Don't even start on Scholes - he turned his back on his country during his prime. FORGET them and support the players that are willing!
Posted 05:09 15th June 2012
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic- you sense that their nation's hopes rest on him" kind of like England with Rooney then!?! i find it a bit arrogant and annoying how pundits come out with oh its sweden we have too much quality..this from a team that's been under performing for the last 40+years
Posted 03:19 15th June 2012
I think we have made a mistake by not selecting Carrick as he would have slotted in nicely alongside Parker and Gerrard. However, I think the best option now would be to play Phil Jones alongside Parker and push Gerrard slightly further forward, with Young on the left, Welbeck up top and any one of Chamberlain, Walcott or Milner on the right.
Posted 02:49 15th June 2012
I think we will win tonight but a draw is not a "nightmare" as we would go through, maybe even as group winners, with a draw against Sweden and a win against Ukraine.
Posted 01:58 15th June 2012
have to admit i agree with most of this, normally england are a bit over hyped but in this case quite frankly man for man we shud be too good for sweden. agree with joseph about the carrick henderson debate, carrick wud pass henderson off the park and parker/gerrard already give us enough steel/work rate in the centre. getting a little tired of this ox-laide chamberlain hype its getting pretty silly now. yes he has the confidence to run at players and yes he has control with the ball but he's 18 and hardly a young messi or ronaldo. he's wasteful with the ball and makes poor decisions often trying to hard (probably because of the expectation). the same thing happend with walcott and he collapsed under the expectation....give the boy a chance to develop properly. i hope we go more offensive against sweden with 2 upfront and young out on the left, chamberlain on the bench. let gerrard play with more freedom and welbeck link the play.
Posted 00:21 15th June 2012
I like Jamie and find his comments concise an he usually doesnt pull punches, but to say ibrahimovich is the only sweden player who would get in englands team and that to a man england are the "better" side is fairly rose tinted. First of all seb larsson will be the best dead ball technician on the park friday night even counting ashley young and sure england have got "pace", "determination" and players like milner will put a shift in but where is their creativity going to come from, where are they going to carve chances from? Bottom line is i think most people can see sweden scoring, even if that is only based on them having ibrahimovich but can they say the same about england...who half the time lets be honest do not look like scoring.
Posted 23:26 14th June 2012
Joseph, Hodgson was going to pick Carrick reportedly but Carrick himself turned the call down citing he wanted to have a break from football after a strenuous football season. Completely agree with Jamie's points as per usual, such a brilliant journalist/pundit and I agree they do look like a side (Sweden) with a goal in them however, after the display that the England defence showed put up against a formidable French attack last time out, I have to say, I do not see the Swedish getting through the wall that is the English defence.
Posted 23:07 14th June 2012
To be fair to Rooney- England have only been involved in two championships since 2004. 2006 was a wash out for him, thanks to his broken foot, whilst 2010 was a disgrace. People seem to forget qualifiers are still part of the competition. On another note the decision to pick Henderson over Carrick was shown up against France. With Carrick in the starting line up, alongside Parker, Gerrard more advanced in Young's role and Young replacing Milner- we would have kept the ball better, and looked far more dangerous and solid.
Posted 13:55 14th June 2012
" but despite all of our problems, we have to believe we can go and beat Sweden." Do you guys realle need to do that? I mean against little Sweden? Shouldnt be a problem right? Oh now i remember, you have just beating us 1 time in a friendly in over 40 years..
Posted 13:38 14th June 2012