19/06/2012 Match of the Day


19/06/2012

Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the day's two Euro 2012 games, which see England play Ukraine and Sweden meet France in the final round of Group D matches.


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I have no problems with my temperament. I have paid the price.

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When you play, you always think you can change the game. I am available

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to play, so I am excited. We are all fighting for a place, there is

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competition. Hopefully I can do Good evening. Wayne Rooney was back.

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England were unbeaten under Roy Hodgson, and required just a point

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against Ukraine to go through. How could it go wrong? After highlights,

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we will have the views of Allen Hansen, Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon.

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to the Stadium macro. This is a different place tonight. Three-

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quarters poll for the draw with France. Tonight, a brimming bowl of

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Ukrainian passion. A huge test to be passed to reach the quarter-

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finals. England's a third group game experience has brought

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different results and aggression that previous championships. We

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need this to be more Wembley 96, less Stockholm 92. England's

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leading man is back for the starring role. His suspension over,

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we always knew that Wayne Rooney would be in for game three. He will

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need a broad shoulders and a cool head. Andy Carroll has made way for

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him. The rest of the team is as it was, James Milner plays. From a

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country they didn't qualify for the finals, hungry's Viktor Kassai may

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be a contender to referee the final himself. He will feel pressure to

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perform well, just as much as the players. England's talismanic is in,

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Ukraine's is out. Shevchenko has been struggling with fluid on the

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need, so he sits it out. In comes the Serbian born damage. -- Devic.

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only need to draw. That is a big only. Ukraine must win, or the

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make it to visitors from England welcome, but this is the point

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where the hospitality is courted for a couple of hours. The drama in

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Donetsk has begun. The Ukraine manager, Oleg Blokhin, has picked a

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team to get goals, and they must ball away to safety. A wall of

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from the wrong side of his boot. The big talking point as regarding

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the Ukraine team, no Shevchenko. Does that hinder them or improve

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them? Certainly when he was in England, it looked like he was

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running with a piano on his back, so judging from that, it might help

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Garmash. It moved in the air a little bit. A decent strike,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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Welbeck was blocked off, trying to get on the end of it, the referee

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didn't see it. Much better from bit worried how Konoplienka is just

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cutting in all the time, everything is opening up for him. You only

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need one of those to bounce up onto has almost changed tack in recent

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days, building up the expectation rather than trying to play it down.

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I loved his line yesterday about playing football to try and get

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people carried away, dreaming is Great touch. Just took a bit of

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bar. Just a little bit too easy for Ukraine, isn't it? Their movement

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is really good, they are lively up didn't clear the bar by March.

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Ashley Young's heart can stop beating quite so quickly now.

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yes, it is a mistake. His positioning is really are at the

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moment. He has really joined in alongside car-park off. - across

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did really well, Milner was away. very clumsy challenge. Reminder of

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what Oleg Blokhin said, he accused some of his defenders have not

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going. He managed to somehow shovel the ball clear. I think he is going

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to claim he didn't see it until very late. Nobody else touched it.

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He didn't want to get his gloves big chance. The player who has been

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billed as the returning hero. was a great ball in for Ashley

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Young. He is in a great position, was closing in. Good play, this,

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from Ukraine. Yarmolenko knows that was his moment. A slight touch from

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deflected for an England corner. More positive, though, from Ashley

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that John Terry was on his way back Johnson is looking been used. Why

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on earth has there been a reaction puts it in. England have the lead

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they so desperately needed. How on earth did that find its way all the

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goals you will ever score for England, and it might be one of the

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most important. When the second cross comes in from Steven Gerrard

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can he get a little bit of luck, the buoy marking him slips, but

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what is the goalkeeper doing? What is he doing? I will my goodness me,

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thank you very much! Just what England needed. Right at the start

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of the second half. A draw will do, but England are in the lead.

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think Pyatov has touched the ball three times with his hands, and he

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has dropped it twice. This is crossbar. It was a decent, testing

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ball from Gusev there. He had to get himself into position, it was

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Pyatov. He ran out of legs, he must have run 60 or 70 yards. It was a

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great ball from sh -- Ross Steven Gerrard. It was a great block from

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Rooney. I am not sure if that was a cross or a shot. Had that been Andy

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Carroll, could would have been a He let the ball bounce off his head.

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Joe Hart and -- Artem Milevskiy could have levelled it up. England

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fell asleep. Offside? He was. It is a warning. Our Andriy Shevchenko is

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beginning he stretching. Maybe say it is a golf. It has not been

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Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. It is a free kick, outside the box. How close

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was it to crossing the line? think England have got away with

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that. Definitely. We might see how close this was before we see

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England hit the goal kick -- free kick. It looks over. It does.

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a course South Africa. -- that stands. The Ukraine supporters know

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they should have had a goal, it Goal line technology, here we go

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again. We need to see a replay of the incident again and whether the

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fifth official is... It is in. It is a great clearance from John

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Terry, but it is in. Give it to ever strike for England. It is a

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great strike -- great save. This was his first touch, but was not

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great. He gets up, he gets back, he is on cited a bit, a very good

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Joleon Lescott was there in the nick of time. Yevhen Konoplyanka.

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You cannot tell how it is wobbling. There was something in there.

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Well played, Danny Welbeck. I thought he might go on, because

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Wayne Rooney had to almost turn at a major tournament since they

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beat Switzerland in 1954 at the off that one, but the coach is in

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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no murder. He is probably screaming idea, though. The two wide players

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have now. The board said three minutes would be added on, and we

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are nearly there. With England, looking at the three displays, the

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ball has started to run for them. They just have got the breaks at

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the right time. It was a sewage incident, when John Terry moved the

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ball away, even though it looked like it was over the line. England

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are over the line and into the quarter-finals. They only needed a

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draw, they have got the win, thanks to an easy goal from Wayne Rooney.

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It is the end for Ukraine. England will go on and on at the European

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Championships. In the city built on mining, England have dug deep. They

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have struck gold. We are all off to Roy Hodgson's unbeaten England top

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the group. They now face Italy on Sunday for a place in the semi-

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Ukraine finish third courtesy of their opening-day victory over the

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Scandinavians. There is plenty to be positive about tonight, a clean

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sheet, always very good to have. Wayne Rooney, 87 minutes, plus a

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goal. The defending at times was very good. We have a world-class

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goalkeeper in Joe Hart. We rode our luck at times, but every team needs

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a bit of luck. We have not hit top gear it yet, there is no doubt, but

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Spain have not, Germany have not, France have not. There is plenty to

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be optimistic about. Would you can cope with that? It is Italy rather

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than Spain as well, which has got to be a bonus? Let's forget about

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them for the moment! They are improving. Against France, there

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were lots of things, they were bad in possession, but they defended

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well. Against Sweden, there were defensive problems, but they were

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better going forward. Going into the game today, he look at where

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they finished in the table, seven points, they have won the group

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quite easily. Lots to be positive about. Overall, they have done very

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well. It was imperative they got the job done. They shake its at --

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they say you should start quickly, and we had two performances from

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Steven Gerrard and John Terry. games this season that England have

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won 1-0, that is always a good sign. 1-0 to the England! Let's hear from

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We have grown in strength, and the players have shown incredible

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spirit and desire. We played a real away match today. The 4000

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Englishmen and -- were outnumbered. We asked -- we were asked a lot of

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questions, but we stuck to our guns. Did you ride your luck? I believe

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it might have been an offside situation as well, so these things

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even themselves out. If you have followed England in the past, the

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last thing you talk about his goals that should have been given or not

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given. Perhaps it was our turn to get one, if it was over the line.

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But it was a wonderful piece of work from John Terry. It is always

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going to be difficult for the referees and linesmen and Tel:

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Technology comes in. The first half was nervous, but Wayne Rooney, it

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was not his most difficult golf. was important. He has not scored in

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tournament football for a long time. Eight years. It is a long time. He

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had a few other chances, he got himself into a few other positions,

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and his confidence improved. He got tired a bit, but he had already

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done 80 of minutes. We did not expect more than that. Expectation

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is rising, back home, everybody is getting behind England, love and

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the tournament. Will you win it? do not mind the expectation. We

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have been buoyed by the news from home. Everybody seems to be

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becoming an England fan. If you on a football player or a coach, you

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want people to appreciate you and to get behind you and people to

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give you the feeling that, if I have a bad game, it will not be a

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catastrophe. We are getting more of that feeling, and the players are

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responding as they are. Only the second time ever that

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England have won the grid in the European Championships. The last

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time was 9096! He has done a fantastic job, he has got all of

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the Major calls right. Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young, then

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Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll. He brings Wayne Rooney -- Wayne Rooney

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in today, he has got all of the decisions right. Under Fabio

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Capello, the players were not happy, but Roy Hodgson is calm, collected,

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the players know their job. It is reflected in the results. It is

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great to see passion on the touchline! Clenching his fist.

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of the players in in the national 21.7% conversion rate of chances

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for England, the highest in the tournament so far. He is always on

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the move in the box. He is drifting to the far post. He is always on

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the move, he getting between the defenders. I do not care as a

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centre-forward, you do not get two points for a goal outside the box.

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It will not bother him. It is a simple goal, but it is a very

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important one. A lot of debate about the goalkeeper. I cannot

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understand. Any decent wicket keeper would have taken it!

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looks easy in slow motion. It has just been touched in front of him,

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We talked about it being over the line, I suppose it is important to

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say that even if it had gone in, England would still have gone

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through, 1-1. I don't think the Ukrainians were particularly happy

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about it! He was going ballistic on the line. Initially, the English

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defence gets caught out, but when John Terry get back, Joe Hart makes

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a sensational save. It looked in. It looks over the line, it is over

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the line. The 5th after sure, he has got a really bad have used

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there! -- the 5th official. haven't got a clue what he is doing

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there. He has got to be able to see that, but I'm glad he didn't.

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crucial time, as well. England might have had a hard last 15

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minutes of the referee gives that. You mentioned Joe Hart. He made a

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couple of important saves. When you get through the back four, you want

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to be able to rely on a top keeper. And this guy is, no doubt. Just

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watch how big he makes himself in front. Look at the way he spreads

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himself. Both legs, both arms, it is an excellent save. If he doesn't

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get back, John Terry has no chance of getting it. Konoplienka was

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fantastic here, but again, good defending from Joleon Lescott. The

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way the ball moves in the air, for him to get such a strong left hand

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on it when he is going the other way to buy that is a great, great

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save. I was full of praise for Steven Gerrard, but when they got

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through the back four, he saved us. Congratulations, that is the way to

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come back, isn't it? It is a great feeling, to score the goal, but we

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worked hard tonight as a team, it was difficult at times, for myself

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that was quite difficult, playing almost 90 minutes as well. But we

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dug in, defended well, and we are delighted to get three points.

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the most difficult goal you will ever score! Know, I had a good

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chance and the first half, I should have done better, I think all my

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chances came on my head, thankfully a but the one that counted.

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little bit off the pace in the first half, would you say? Yes, I

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get the ball away a few times, a bit sloppy, but I had to keep going.

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Keep trying to do the simple things and it paid off in the end. Ball

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over the line clear by John Terry, a little bit of, for Blom contain!

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I don't know, that is up for the officials. Maybe it is time we got

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a bit of luck at Championships. is not often you say lucky England.

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No, but I think it was deserved, with limited them to shot outside

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of the area, mostly, I think we deserved to win. What was it like

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to be back in the cut-and-thrust of it? Be is great to be back playing,

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to come back to score was great for us. What about the celebration,

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plans? No, I used to that of Andy Carroll's hair product before the

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game. -- a bit of Andy Carroll's hair product.

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What about his overall performance? He has been out for a little while,

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jumping at the bit. A I thought he was very rusty. It wasn't his

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normal performance that we are used to see, he didn't bring people into

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the game, he didn't look That was very early on in the game.

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This is the chance that he has. The movement is very good. He pulls out

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to the far post, but he is caught on his heels a little bread. He is

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on his way down when he tries to head it. His link-up play wasn't

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great, and I think if Rooney had been playing regularly, he doesn't

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let the defender get across him, he doesn't let him catch him. But you

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know what, it actually doesn't matter, because the life of a goal

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scorer is, doesn't matter how you play, you are judged on your goals,

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and he scored the most important goal, that is all that matters.

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it had been a Premier League game, you would have said he had a

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shocker, but the big bonus for England is he has had the game he

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needed massively, and he will be much better next time. The biggest

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thing is, he scored. And it will breed confidence. Strikers love

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goals, they love them! You would rather play badly and score then

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played brilliantly and not score. You made a lifetime out of that!

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Steven Gerrard, given that of the match. -- man of the match. He has

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deserved it, he has been England's bass player, led by example, passed

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the ball, he has swept up. He is actually looking fitter than when

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he was at Liverpool. You were really worried about his fitness,

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but he has come straight to the They are good team, they are at

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home, they have all the advantages, but a sign of a good team is when

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the going gets tough, you roll up your sleeves a new fight for every

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ball. A your third assist of the tournament. The that is my job. I

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have terrific front men, if they get service, they will mark them

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away. I don't think Wayne Rooney found it too hard to not! You had a

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bit of luck with the ball that crossed the line. To do well in

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these competitions eat you need a bit of luck, and you go to the

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Frank Lampard goal a couple of years ago, that was clearly over

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the line. If that is the case, we will take it and hope there is a

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little bit more in future. Now it is Italy in the quarter-finals,

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because you have topped the group, not Spain. If I think the important

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thing is not to think we have an easier tie with Italy, they are a

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fantastic side, we need to show them as much respect as we would

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have done a bit was Spain. We need to perform how we have done. Wayne

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Rooney looked more relaxed, was it good having him there? Of course,

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we have been desperate to have him back, he is world class. He was

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always going to be a bit nervous, the pressure was on him to turn up

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and run the show, I thought he was terrific. Hopefully he will get

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Steven Gerrard lead from the front. I think he will take huge

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confidence from being given the England armband on a permanent

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basis. I know from a personal point of view, and you will pull the same,

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I think it makes you feel 10 ft tall. That has shown in this

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tournament. I think he is just happy been fit. When he came back

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for Liverpool, he wasn't even going in for tackles come he wasn't

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getting from box to box, he was tentative. Now I think he is 100%

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fit. He looks like the dynamic Gerrard we know. He will never be

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the same player as five or six years ago, but how many times have

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we seen this? 50, 60 yards passing, inch-perfect. So difficult to

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defend against. Then, leading by example, sticking with it, and

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forcing the defender to just clear and make the mistake. I don't think

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it is a coincidence that when you look at the action, some of the

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tackles going on, the 50 - 50 ones, he is always involved. He gets the

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first touch there, but he is always looking up, he sees Wayne Rooney

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coming, and that is absolute perfection. If Wayne Rooney is fit

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there, he will take it on and score. This is the final five minutes,

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this is on his weaker foot, a great touch, a great ball in. His quality

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from a dead-ball, we saw it in the previous game, but again tonight,

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from free-kicks. Where do they have to improve? In the first half, they

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really struggled for large periods, they seemed to be drenched in their

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own half. I think Paul possession was better today, but they gave a

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lot of width of way, I thought they struggled a little bit. But

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ultimately, I think overall, you have to look at their positioning

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on the pitch and say, Steven Gerrard rules that. John Terry at

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the back pushing up, and Steven Gerrard, that is the key to how

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England played. Up front you have got Rooney, but that is the key,

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they set the tempo. I still think at times, most teams in this

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competition I'm pretty, but at times we can keep the ball a little

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bit better. -- in this competition are improving. You can give

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yourself a bit over breeze so when you are passing it around. It is a

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lot easier when you have got the ball. We have seen spells in the

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three matches where they just keep giving it away cheaply, and sooner

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or later you come up against a good side, you do that against a good

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side and they will punish you. I thought we were fantastic against

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a really good Ukrainian side. They have to win the game, they came

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flying out, we defended well when we needed to. Everyone just worked

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so hard, everyone is dead on their feet, but John Terry is a fantastic

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player, here shirted for Chelsea in the Champions League. -- he has

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shown it. The lads have worked so hard, Roy Hodgson has come in and

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tried to put his rules across as quickly as you can. But we have

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trust each other and believe in each other's ability, and I think

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today and in previous fixtures we have been showing how hard we are

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willing to work. Good, organised team, good on the counter-attack,

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and it was a hostile environment, they put us under pressure, we had

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some -- they had some good chances, but we have shown a good resilience

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about us, and we really did it out tonight. We are confident we can go

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all the way, it will be a tough game, but we are confident that

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with the set out our business, we will be hard to beat. How delighted

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I U2 of wood of the world and European champions? And get the

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extra day? The extra day is important. But as you say, no easy

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games, it will not be an easy game to beat Italy, but we are confident.

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Now England will play against Italy, they got past a very difficult

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group, and I told them, I think England can reach the final.

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think England can go all the way? Why not? For you, is this your last

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game? I just want to play one more, maybe a friendly game, just for my

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family, for my friends, for the fans who supported me for many,

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A wonderful career Shevchenko has had. As for England, John Terry, he

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is a leader, isn't he? There was a lot of debate about whether he

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should be here, whether it should be someone else, whether it should

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be Rio, but on the pitch he has done it. When he is defending the

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18 yard line, he his as good as anyone. He has always been

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brilliant positionally. Two full backs behind the centre backs, not

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great, but to get round the back, and that is good play. Again, go

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tight quickly, and when it is coming out to the left-hand side,

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watch him. Just get in a great position, he knows exactly where to

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go. That is a phenomenal touch. And what about this for a block - they

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are a bit deeper, same problems they had against the French, but a

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great block. Positionally, in the air, not a problem. A great pass to

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Ashley Young that set up Wayne Rooney. He reads it, he gets in

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front of the centre forward. This was the slight problem, when you

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are reading it, consummate ease, but when you try and go too early

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and get it wrong, as he does here, he is looking for the ball to be

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played there, he takes a step forward and thinks he is going to

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nick it. But unfortunately for him, he misjudges it. He is struggling

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to get back. This is where the problem arose. To be fair, the

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clearance on the line, even though it was over the line, is

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sensational. When is a good clearance on the line not a good

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clearance on the line? When it is Oliver! On that last one, he has to

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know who is behind him. When Terry and Lescott get dragged away from

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the 18 yard line, that is when you have a problem. There is not a

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great deal of pace between the two of them. We saw a couple of decent

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crosses from Ashley Young, but by and large we have not seen the best

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of him. I think today the main problem was dealing with their wide

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players, Yarmolenko and Konoplienka. They caused some problems. Not just

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for the full backs, I thought they were excellent today, but James

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Milner did the work in front, and Ashley and struggled a little bit

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with positioning. Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world in

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my opinion, but he still needs help in front of him. If Ashley Young is

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scared about what is outside him, but he stays inside. Too much space.

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That just releases the centre half -- centre forward through the gap.

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John Terry does brilliantly to I do not want him to go at there, I

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want him to stay nice and tight. That opens up the gap, because he

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has gone too far out. Scott Parker has to go with the runner. He

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releases the space. You should not be able to play a ball tight like

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that. It is about talking. This one, he gets it just about right, but he

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makes a basic mistake. Ashley Cole has got to talk to him a lot more

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and move him around the pitch. amazing thing was, Ashley Young

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must have asked Ashley Cole were to go, Bridges unbelievable. -- which

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is unbelievable. A chance to see the other match,

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For Sweden, one last appearance on the international stage. R Ola

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Toivonen replaces Johan Elmander, who is injured. Emir Bajrami

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replaces Rasmus Elm. France are unbeaten in 23 games. Yohan Cabaye

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says they are determined to win the group, but he is injured. Jan

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M'Vila starts for the first time in these finals, as does Hatem Ben

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from Andreas Isaksson to parry it. You may remember Erik Hamren's

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assistance. He used to play for He ruffled the side netting, and he

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misses a very good chance. He gets out of jail, the Frenchman.

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Isolated, all on his own. On a toy for there should have done better.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 51 seconds

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goalkeeper on his toes. France are France are behind. Zlatan

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Ibrahimovic, the Golden Boy of Swedish football, has finally

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answered his critics on the biggest stage. He adjusts his feet, and

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what a striker that is. marvellous goal, great Chet Baker.

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His manager, so full of character, full of joy. Five goals in six for

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Sweden. They have been a better side than their results suggest in

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this competition. England deservedly beat them, but they came

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from behind to lead at one stage. For periods of the game against the

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Ukraine, they were by far the better team. Hugo Lloris made

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himself pick and saved it. A lazy pass, fantastic. He hammered it

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with his left foot, a good stop great save, but he should not have

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to make it. Shocking defending from the French. The French team seemed

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devoid of ideas. The heat is had to parry it. It is a better

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striker. Outside the box, from distance, the goalkeeper has got to

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deal with it. France want to send on Olivier Giroud. He has scored 25

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goals this season. He is on the verge of scoring two -- joining

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suddenly, there is a man -- much better move. Suddenly, there is a

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man from deep. At last, France will have two up front. What an impact

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that would have made. What a chance. He is in acres of space. He does

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everything right. A great run, a poor finish. Four minutes of

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Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland. A poor French side have been beaten.

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England's ascendancy in the group assured. France could not much like

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a side that will travel much further in this competition. Gael

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Clichy is nowhere to be seen. Philippe Mexes cannot get across.

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Sebastian Larsson, dispatched. Sebastian Larsson has a thunderous

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shot on him. France looked complacent from the first whistle.

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Sweden have beaten a Paul France. - Despite that defeat, France still

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go through. They will play Spain, they will have to improve

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considerably. Very much like when they played England, they did not

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have anybody running behind the Swedish defence. They coped with it

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ES, Sweden. Have we seen a better goal and this tournament and the

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic? 8 Great Strike, fantastic. Alan Hansen should talk

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through this! I am a convert! have got his picture on my wall! It

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is a great picnic. -- technique. To generate the power... Of what a

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picture. I do not understand how people can up like him. He has got

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everything. Absolutely everything! He scores lots of goals. This is

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It is wide open. The Germans and the Spanish are the favourites.

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They both could have gone home. They were very lucky, the Germans,

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the penalty kick incident, and the Croatians had a great chance

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against the Spanish. There is no clear favourite. The Italians are

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getting better. I do not fancy them rattle. The Italians against the

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Croatians, they looked tired, jaded, and a lack of pace. Alan come up

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what do you think about the Italians? They are always strong,

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well-organised, difficult to beat. They will be tough to beat, nobody

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fancied them after all, coming into the tournament, because of the

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match fixing scandal. They too well when they have a match-fixing

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scandal. They have done it before. They will be stronger. It will be

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Keep an eye out for Alan Shearer's horse! Euro 2012 has a day off

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tomorrow. Final thoughts? It has been a great night for England and

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Roy Hodgson. Expectations were low, but not anymore. Can they win it?

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There is still room to improve, but we are getting a bit more excited.

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Gary Lineker introduces highlights from the day's two Euro 2012 games, which see England play Ukraine and Sweden meet France in the final round of Group D matches. Expert analysis comes from Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon.

After sitting out the opening two matches through suspension, Wayne Rooney should be available to return for England in Donetsk. Roy Hodgson's side will have to be at their best against the tournament co-hosts, who beat the Three Lions towards the end of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. England have never won the European Championship, while Ukraine are taking part in the tournament for the first time.

The day's other game sees the Swedes take on France in Kiev. Two-time European champions, the French last lifted the trophy in 2000. They endured a disappointing World Cup campaign in 2010, crashing out in the group stage. With talents such as Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery at their disposal, they will be expected to at least reach the quarter-finals this summer. However, Laurent Blanc's side will have to keep a close eye on Swedish danger man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who struck 35 goals for AC Milan this season.


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