England showed fight, spirit and team morale as they came out of a true battle against Sweden Friday night in a 3-2 win. They now know only a point is needed against co-hosts Ukraine will see them into the quarter finals. How should England play it?
I would bring in Theo Walcott for James Milner, Walcott changed the game when he came on, where as Milner is just a work horse. Ukraine are the weakest team in the group and England should go out to attack. I would also bring Rooney back in for Carroll who did an excellent job, however Rooney is England’s best player and will be chomping at the bit to play. We know he can link up well with Young & Welbeck as they play at club level and apparently Rooney has been on fire in training.
So the team I would start would be:
Hart, Jones, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Walcott, Parker, Gerrard, Young, Rooney & Welbeck.
Group A pulled off a massive shock as Czech Rep & Greece progressed. Czech Rep lost their opening game 4-1 to Russia who were many people’s dark horses. Greece pulled off another underdog miracle with an inspirational performance from Karagounis against the Russians to finish second. Groups B tonight will become very complicated as Portugal, Holland & Denmark can all end on 3 points. I think Germany & Portugal will progress.