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GROUP D

11 June 2012, 18:00, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
FRANCE vs ENGLAND

11 June 2012, 20:45, Olympic Stadium, Kyiv (UKR)
UKRAINE vs SWEDEN

15 June 2012, 18:00, Olympic Stadium, Kyiv (UKR)
SWEDEN vs ENGLAND

15 June 2012, 20:45, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
UKRAINE vs FRANCE

19 June 2012, 20:45, Olympic Stadium, Kyiv (UKR)
SWEDEN vs FRANCE

19 June 2012, 20:45, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
ENGLAND vs UKRAINE



 

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France and England, but it won't be as straight forward as what BBC thinks it is. If England lose their match against France, they will potentially have to play a "must-win" game in Donetsk against Ukraine
 

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I have France and England winning it. This is a favorable draw to some extent for Ukraine since they have familiarity with these three teams. I expect France to defeat England and with England to really scratch and claw their way against Ukraine and Sweden which give England problems. England will probably win those legs by a single goal margin.
 

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Tricky draw. Tradition says France and England, but from let`s not forget Ukraine has a decent team and is the host, while France is far from convincing. England is pragmatic with Capello and will be without Rooney in the group stage which certainly makes a difference so I don`t expect any easy games for them, but at the end I believe they will qualify.
Sweden is the type of the team that gives a hard time, but never goes far (1994 World Cup exception).

IMO the first match between England and France will decide this group. Whoever wins this game is through.
 

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Sweden's form is in doubt for the moment, if we judge by friendlies. On the other hand,
we beat Netherlands in our last official match.. Euro's is still a long time away, but my predictions are:
1. England
2. Sweden

I hope our XI will be something like:
-----------Ibrahimovic
??---------Källström-------S.Larsson
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-----------Elm-Wernbloom
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M.Olsson-J.Olsson-Mellberg-Lustig
--------Isaksson

It's not going to happen, though.. Elmander is 100% starter in Hamréns team. And Elm will be employed on the wing again =/
 

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I think France didn't do any worse than England in Qualifiers.
Sweden the dark horse, and I sure the Home crowd team will surprise.
This group kinda even.
 

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I think England will win the group, with Sweden beating France tied in points.
 

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France is leading? Come on now, even Portugal is better than them. France going further would really be a shock to me given what they've recently shown.

I mean they didn't even beat San Romanino... :thmbdown:

England and Ukraine IMO. Ukraine because they're hosting.
 

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Rooney ban reduced from three to two matches
8 Dec 2011, in reuters

England striker Wayne Rooney’s ban at next year’ Euro 2012 finals was reduced from three to two games following an appeal heard by UEFA on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Manchester United striker was originally banned for three matches following his sending off for kicking opponent Miodrag Dzudovic in their final qualifier against Montenegro in October.

“The three-match suspension levelled against Wayne Rooney is now suspended, with the third game of the suspension, suspended for four years, so Wayne will be available for the final group game of the European championship against Ukraine,” Adrian Bevington, the managing director of Club England, told reporters at UEFA’s headquarters.

“It is effectively a two-game suspension with one carried over for a four year period for the national team.”

He added: “I am pleased to say we have had a very fair hearing from UEFA’s panel and we are very pleased with what’s happened today.”

Both Rooney and England manager Fabio Capello gave evidence to the hearing.

Rooney will now miss England’s opening two Group D matches against France in Donetsk on June 11 and Sweden in Kiev on June 15, but will be eligible to play against co-hosts Ukraine in their third and final group game in Donetsk on June 19.

Thursday’s ruling has one curious aspect.

The suspended third match ban relates to any match played under UEFA’s auspices which means if he gets sent off for violent conduct playing for Manchester United in either the Europa League or Champions League at any time in the next four years, the one-match ban would be applied to the England team, on top of whatever ban he was given for United’s matches.

The suspended third match ban relates to any match played under UEFA’s auspices which means if he gets sent off for violent conduct playing for Manchester United in either the Europa League or Champions League at any time in the next four years, the one-match ban would be applied to the England team, on top of whatever ban he was given for United’s matches.
 

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I will have to say France and England. Despite the home advantage, Ukraine still need to actually win the games against the top two of this group (for me France/England) and I cant see that happening. At best, Ukraine beat Sweden and draw England.
 

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I will have to say France and England. Despite the home advantage, Ukraine still need to actually win the games against the top two of this group (for me France/England) and I cant see that happening. At best, Ukraine beat Sweden and draw England.
Yeah, I voted for England and France aswell, but I am honestly a bit uncertain about how the The Three Lions will arrive to this tournament. I mean, Rooney (if called up and must be) is out for the first two games, Capello left the team a few months before the tournament and there are some players who don`t get along. So I see England despite all the potential and tradition a bit on the risk here especially because they play against France and one of the home sides, Ukraine. Not mentioning that Sweden has always caused a bit of problems to the English.

But with all that I still hold my vote on England:D
 

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Oleg Blokhin has named a 26-man provisional squad plus 8 players on standby in case of injury. Ukraine had a little goalkeeping crisis as Shovkovskiy and Dikan were both ruled out to injury and Rybka is suspended due to doping. Also missing out is ex-Barca defender Chygyrnskiy who I guess is out of form

Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Bandura (Metalurg Donetsk), Oleksandr Goryainov (Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Defenders: Bohdan Butko (Illichivets Mariupol), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vitaly Mandzyuk (Dnipro), Taras Mykhalyk (Dynamo Kiev), Yaroslav Rakitiskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Selin (Vorskla Poltava), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Midfielders: Oleksandr Aliyev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya Simferopol), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Taras Stepanenko (Dynamo Kiev), Antoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev)

Forwards: Andriy Voronin (Dynamo Moscow), Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev)

Standby: Bohdan Shust (Shakhtar Donetsk; goalkeeper), Artem Fedetskiy (Karpaty Lviv; defender), Oleksandr Volovyk (Metalurg Donetsk; defender), Maksym Kalynychenko (Tavriya Simferopol; midfielder), Roman Bezus (Vorskla Poltava; midfielder), Anton Shynder (Tavriya Simferopol; forward), Edmar (Metalist Kharkiv; forward), Oleksandr Kovpak (Arsenal Kiev; forward)

**spelling of these names are Anglicized so they might be spelt differently on other sources
 

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Laurent Blanc has named the players based in foreign clubs into his squad today while the domestic based Ligue 1 players will be selected next week. Here are the 12 foreign based players he selected:

Mexes (AC Milan), Rami (Valencia), Evra (Manchester United), Clichy (Manchester City), Koscielny (Arsenal), Kaboul (Tottenham), Malouda (Chelsea), Nasri (Manchester City), Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Cabaye (Newcastle United), Ribery (Bayern Munich), Benzema (Real Madrid)

They are without the injured Sagna and Abidal, while Ben Arfa makes his return to the national since for the first time since August 2010
 

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Erik Hamren named his Sweden squad which was without John Guidetti due to fitness problems

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen), Par Hansson (Helsingborg)

Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Olof Mellberg (Olympiakos), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Martin Olsson (Blackburn Rovers), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht)

Midfielders: Rasmus Elm (AZ), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Kim Kallstrom (Lyon), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul BB), Emir Bajrami (FC Twente), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al-Hilal)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray), Tobias Hysen (IFK Goteborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)
 

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France complete their squad with local Ligue 1 players, Younes Kaboul has ruled himself out due to a knee injury as the injury list for France piles on. Loic Remy is included in the 26-man provisional squad despite an injury which could see him miss Euro

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Mapou Yanga-Mbwia (Montpellier); Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan)

Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennes), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St. Germain); Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris St. Germain), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Loic Remy (Marseille); Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
 

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Still a very solid team, although I'm not convinced on the central defense.
 
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