England vs Ukraine game will seal the fate of Group D at Euro 2012, Preview summarized : Ukraine worry over Shevchenko injury, rely on home advantage and 50000 fans, while England counts on Rooney boost and form of some England players.
Donetsk , Euro 2012 News / NationalTurk – Wayne Rooney will celebrate his return for England after serving his two-match suspension he received in the Euro 2012 qualification playoffs . Much has been talked about the Manchester United striker’s giant role in England’s success and as Wayne Rooney is going to be a starter for England at England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 decisive match of group D it get more interesting to see who gets dropped in favour of the automatic and indisputable Rooney choice of Roy hodgson.
England faces Euro 2012 tournament co-hosts Ukraine in its last Group D match tonight. Group D leaders France have four points and need to avoid defeat vs already eliminated Sweden to reach the quarterfinals. Ukraine, on three points, is in a must win situation to advance to the next round at home turf.
England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 : How important will home advantage be for Ukraine ?
England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 group game will see a fiery stadium in Donetsk packed with as many as 48,000 Ukrainians. Sadly for England, home advantage is more than real. Ukraine’s victory against Sweden on home territory a week ago, should have re-engineered Ukranian player’s brains’ motivation centres to make them a much more formidable force vs England to face on Tuesday evening.
England will most def. look to Wayne Rooney for last eight berth. A draw at England vs Sweden match will be enough for England to qualify for the last eight at Euro 2012.
Crazy facts afore England vs Ukraine clash kick off
England have never managed to beat the hosts of a European Championship.
England have the best goals to shots ratio in Euro 2012. Out of 21 shots, they have netted 4 goals. However England have to be wary of Ukraine’s tackling prowess. Ukraine players have made 50 tackles— the most in Euro 2012.
On the other hand, and mostly thanks to Tottenham HotSpurs midfielder Scott Parker’s bravery, England have made the most number of blocks on shots in Euro 2012 : A total of 14.
England vs Ukraine preview : Roy Hodgson ‘s nice dillema with Rooney, Caroll to be benched
With Roy Hodgson yet to confirm which player Wayne Rooney will replace in the starting XI, his other major selection dilemma concerns Theo Walcott, the decisive influence in Kiev after transforming a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory vs a strong Sweden team.
The pacey Arsenal winger scored the equaliser before his lacerating pace created the winner for Welbeck after he replaced the pedestrian James Milner early in the second half.
England manager Roy Hodgson meanwhile is confident England will be able to cope with what is certain to be an intimidating atmosphere at England vs Ukraine match in Donetsk, where Ukraine may face diffuculties enduring the must win sitiation to avoid elimination from the tournament they are hosting.
Hodgson believes England will benefit from the experience of Kiev, where nearly 20,000 Swedish fans drowned out England’s fans of around 4,000 supporters to create a hostile atmosphere.
“We’re getting used to playing away from home,” Hodgson said. “We’ve already played in an away game, we have to prepare for another away game.Another dilemma for Roy Hodgson will be the choice between James Milner and Theo Walcott. The latter was instrumental in their win against Sweden and the former is a work-horse who can provide able defensive cover in case of Glen Johnson darting forward.
We know that Roy Hodgson will go with the following team tonight: Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.Walcott on the bench then, and no place for Andy Carroll.
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Theo Walcott has been passed fit for England’s final Euro 2012 group game vs Ukraine. The Arsenal winger had been nursing a hamstring injury after being substituted only to score a match-winning goal and superb appearance in the 3-2 England win over Sweden. Walcott is in contention to replace James Milner, who has been largely disappointing in England’s opening two matches.
Roy Hodgson confirmed that Wayne Rooney would start after serving his two-match suspension, and must decide whether the Manchester United starts alongside Danny Welbeck or Andy Carroll. Andy Caroll is the most likely forward to be axed by England manager.
“That’s what happens — when you get drawn into a pool with the host nation you have to face the fact you’re literally playing away from home.” Hodgson justifies his reasoning.
Ukraine captain Andrei Shevchenko meanwhile states his Ukraine would have to raise the level of their game after the bubble of euphoria created by their opening victory over Sweden was trashed so clinically and badly in last Friday’s crushing 2-0 defeat to France.
“We knew it was a very difficult game and the French played really well, especially in the second half. But we still have a chance,” Shevchenko said.
“We know that if we can beat England we’ll qualify for the knockout stage. (But) we’ll have to play much better than we did against France if we want to beat England. They are definitely one of the most dangerous teams here.
“They had a good result against France and they beat Sweden, so they’ve had a great start. Home advantage helps us a lot.”
England hope the entrance of Wayne Rooney will seal the exit of Ukraine as Roy Hodgson’s buoyant young side aim to wrap up qualification for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Tuesday.
From the camps: Roy Hodgson, like the rest of England, thinks that the return of Rooney will be pivotal to England’s run-in: “His attitude was perfect in training sessions. He has been very lively, energetic and enthusiastic. That’s a positive. If Wayne can produce his best, then he can help us keep going even further.”
The 3-2 victory over Sweden on Friday has sent confidence coursing through English ranks, with goals scored by Andy Carroll (header), Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck ( circus shot ) suddenly giving oldhand Roy Hodgson a range of options in attacking formation.
But it is the return of Wayne Rooney afore England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 match from 2 games suspension that will give England an extra jolt of optimism and boost of further confidence as they seek the point they need to clinch a place in the last eight at Euro 2012 at Donetsk’s Donbass Arena.
‘ Wayne’s a quality player, a world-class player,’ Hodgson states about his star. ‘ Rooney’s ability is a bit special. You’re lucky if you’re a manager of a national team to have players of his quality available. Wayne Rooney is arguably the only English player who is a star.
‘ Hopefully, Wayne Rooney is going to make life for us that bit easier going into the next game when we need another big result.’ added Hodgson.
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Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin meanwhile, is deploying his own mind-games entering England Ukraine match: ‘ There will be big issues for England but it’s not the same for us. England team will be more nervous. We have nothing to lose. If they lose it will be unexpected.’
Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, the Sheva has been given only a 50-50 chance of being fit for Tuesday evenings Ukraine vs England Euro 2012 Group D battle with England by his coach Oleh Blokhin. The 35-year-old experienced striker is continuing to have treatment for the knee injury suffered initially against Sweden which he then aggravated against France by playing his best, though he participated in training on Monday night.
With Andriy Shevchenko being a doubt everthing seems bleak for Ukraine though. The striker, who picked up a knee injury against Sweden must have certainly aggravated it when he played against France.
Crazy fact for England : Ukraine won the last competitive match against England by 1-0. England won three times before that 1-0 loss.
Otherwise, it looks like Ukraine will probably field the same side which defeated Sweden 2-1.
England vs Ukraine kick off time, venue and tv schedule
England vs Ukraine kick off time : England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 match will kick off at 2:45 PM ET.
England vs Ukraine Euro 2012 game can be watched
on TRT, TRT HD, BBC, ITV, ESPN, ESPN3, , ZDF and ESPN Deportes. Venue of the England vs Sweden Euro 2012 game will be the Donetsk Donbass Arena Stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine.