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England defense Vs French offense witnessed in Euro 2012

June 11, 2012

Euro 2012, France, England

England must consider themselves lucky after they drew their first game against France in the ongoing Euro 2012. The game finished 1-1. It was a game between England defense and French offense. France had given it their all, but the English defense was resolute and did not allow the French to score goals in spite of coming close on many counts. The result also made sure that the French have not lost in their last 22 outings.

But, if this is England’s strategy for Euro 2012, then they are not going to progress much ahead in the competition. We never associate an English team with a defensive set up. We are so acquainted to seeing the English players in their free flowing offensive football, which was missing during the game. Hence, it was game, which was completely dominated by the French team, though they were not able to find the back of the net in their effort on goal. The French also needs to check upon their conversion rate, for they lacked the penetration into the final quarter of the pitch.

In the latter stages of the game, there came a point, where it seemed that the English team had given up hope of winning, so they were determined not to let France score, hence they had around 9 players on their own half, which is not the England we know. They do have some great offensive players such as Welbeck, Gerrard, A. Young, etc to deliver the goods, but they did not receive ample opportunity to impress their fans. In fact, how many times did we see these players in the main box?

The only positive thing about the game for England was that they did not lose the game and showed that scoring goals against them would not be a walk in the park. The game also reflected that England can play together as a unit, even if it meant defensively only.

But, let us give credit where it is due, both the goals scored were of top notch, especially Samir Nasri’s strike was an exceptional one, which leveled the game for France. Earlier Manchester City and English defender, Lescott headed the ball into the back of the net to take the lead, which did not last long. Coincidently, both the goals were scored by Manchester City players. There were moments during the game, which produced some moment of magic, but the game for a neutral fan was all too lop sided. It was in fact embarrassing to see the English team playing a defensive game. Is it Roy Hodgson’s way of winning the European Championship?


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  1. jumpingpolarbear permalink

    England will not play great, but they will reach farther than people think!

    • Sorry, I do not think so after I watched the Sweden vs Ukraine game…..

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