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Euro Cup 2012: England Euro 2012 Team Profile, Schedule, Odds

England Euro Cup 2012 – Injuries & Unrest Theme for Three Lions: Euro 2012 was supposed to be the tournament in which the Brits were going to get back to the top of the mountain in European soccer. That being said, thanks to a ton of bad circumstances, there is no doubt that this is a team that is in a heck of a lot of trouble. If England’s Euro 2012 hopes can get extended into the knockout rounds, the team has the talent to win this tournament. However, just getting to that point could be a tricky road.

Group D really is an eclectic group. If there are three points that come out of this first match with the French, there really should be no issue to get this team into the quarterfinals. In this fixture though, we already know that there are going to be a heck of a lot of players that are out of the lineup. For the first two matches, Wayne Rooney is going to be serving a suspension from his antics in qualifying. On top of that, John Ruddy, Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry, and Frank Lampard are all going to be sitting out with injuries.

Euro 2012 Schedule for England
Monday June 11th: France vs. England 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Friday June 15th: Sweden vs. England 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)
Tuesday June 19th: England vs. Ukraine 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)

This is going to be the first major tournament for Roy Hodgson as the manager of Team England. He took over after almost three full months of the team not having a manager after a disastrous reign under the direction of Fabio Capello. Hodgson knows that he has his work cut out for him, especially with this team that has had so many different injuries and suspensions to overcome before coming to Poland and Ukraine.

So what’s left for the Three Lions? The first question comes in net. The 2010 World Cup was a disaster for David James and Robert Green. They both had their share of bad performances, and now, James is off of the team and Green has been given backup duties. Joe Hart is the man that is going to be given the job of keeping the scoreboard clean, and he had a great season with Manchester City en route to its 2011-2012 Premier League title. In front of Hart is a very talented defense, including the likes of John Terry, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, and Joleon Lescott, all of which are quite experienced at their trade.

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Captain Steven Gerrard has been dealing with injuries as well, but he is expected to be in the fold to help lead the team. Theo Walcott is expected to be in the British midfield, along with some others like James Milner, Scott Parker, Stewart Downing, and Ashley Young on a regular basis. Offensively, with Rooney out of the fold for the first two matches, it is going to be quite difficult to see strikers doing all that much work. Jermain Defoe will almost certainly be in the starting XI for the first two matches, but there is a big question after this. Neither 23 year old Andy Carroll nor 22 year old Danny Welbeck have a ton of experience for the Three Lions, but at least one of them is going to be expected to start opposite of Defoe.

England really didn’t have a lot of problems getting out of Group G, but there were a lot of suspect results for sure. A 2-2 draw against Montenegro, a 2-2 draw at home against Switzerland, and others are really not all that remarkable for sure. In recent friendlies, which haven’t been all that numerous since the team hasn’t had a manager, England has looked sloppy, though it does have 1-0 wins against both Belgium and Norway. Obviously in Group D, with fixtures coming against the French and other solid teams, the tasks are going to be a heck of a lot more difficult.

England 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Predictions: Of course, the English are always brutally overrated, and this is no exception. England is considered a +1400 favorite on the Euro 2012 odds, and that just doesn’t sit well with us. The Three Lions are the co-favorites at +160 to win Group D and are -190 favorites to get out of the first round and into the quarterfinals. Of course, if health starts to improve, England is going to be in a lot better shape. But knowing that the first match is coming against France is scary for sure, especially without Rooney. If you want to bet on the England UEFA Euro 2012 odds, be sure to visit BetOnline.com.

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Jack Wilshire has always been a big time soccer nut in England. He has been an avid follower of Norwich for his entire life, and spent many years living right near Carrow Road. Jack has moved to Portland, OR, and though he is thousands of miles away from his team, he still keeps his finger on the pulse of all things involving the English Premier League.

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