Regular contributor Thomas Rooney looks at Monday’s game between England and France.
Those looking to bet live on Euro 2012 will note that It is now just a few days to go until England take on France in their opening match of Euro 2012 and the coach of their opponents has been having his say on the threat the Three Lions possess.
Laurent Blanc, essentially, thinks that England will adopt a physical approach and that his side are in for a tough challenge. After going unbeaten since 2010, France are confident, but they know England will be difficult opponents.
The French boss said: Â“’They are not at full strength but what concerns me is that England will play in a certain style. We are going to have to be extremely strong physically. That is going to be a difficult match.Â”
‘Â“England will give everything because, when there are French against English, it raises the game above the normal international match. But we don’t fear them more than other teams.Â”
‘It is certainly an interesting theory that England will be physical. They will be well organised yes, but will they be overly physical? It seems a rather bizarre conclusion, but there you go.’
Roy Hodgson’Â’s men will of course look to be solid at the back and hit France on the counter attack, but it mustn’Â’t be forgotten that the Three Lions have some quality players.
If England sit back and let France attack them, it simply wonÂ’’t work. As much as they need to make defensive security their priority, England must be positive going forward and remember that the likes of Ashley Young, Theo Walcott and Steven Gerrard can be very dangerous.
France are more likely to come out all guns blazing though and for this reason, there could be quite a few goals. England just need to make sure they match BlancÂ’’s men and in the end, a draw wouldnÂ’’t be the worst result.
It is time for the talking to stop and the action to begin. Before it does though, England winger Stewart Downing has spoken about his sideÂ’s lack of fear when it comes to facing the French.
The Liverpool man said: Â“’We are confident we can get a result. We don’t fear them. We know they are a good team but so are we. We know their strength and weaknesses.’Â”
It is an interesting comment to say that England Â‘know the strengths and weaknessesÂ’ and the French team. It’s clear that France could be devastating going forward,Â but does Downing think France are weak in a certain area of defence?
The make up of the England team will probably tell all. Bring on Monday evening.