England coach Roy Hodson has expressed some concerns about injury crisis in England team for Euro 2012.
Without suspended Weyne Rooney until Ukraine match and Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnsonn, Jack Wilshere and John Ruddy, who are all injured, England could have troubles to defeat France in their Euro 2012 opener.
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are both likely to start in the central midfield roles. The attack is likely to be led by Liverpool inexperienced striker Andy Carroll.
If we’re talking about France we must remember that this is completely different team when Les Bleus had the likes of Zidane, Deschamps, Desailly, Henry and Blanc. But even without them if we take a look on French squad we can see Frank Ribery, Benzema, Nasri or emerging talent Marvin Martin.
Euro 2012 Football Championships will be the great opportunity for new young players from French Lige 1. They could bring some fresh new blood to French team. Olimpic Marseille injured striker Remy could be fit for match against England.
Franch coach Lorent Blanc believes that, England will be a tough opponent. Blanc claims that he knows England's coach 4-4-2 tactic well and he doesn’t think England will be big surprise for Euro 2012.
One thing for certain is that this match hasn't got absolute favourite and it's very possible it could end with a draw.
France squad for Euro 2012:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux).
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyon), Mapou Yanga Mbiwa (Montpellier).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Alou Diarra (Olympique Marseille), Yann Mvila (Stade Rennes), Yoann Gourcuff (Olympique Lyon), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain).
Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Loic Remy (Olympique Marseille), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille).
England squad for Euro 2012:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man. City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man. United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man. City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man. City)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Man. United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)