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France v England 1700 ITV1


England manager Roy Hodgson will spring a surprise by selecting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against France.

The Arsenal winger, 18, is set to win his third international cap in the Group D opener.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut against Norway in May and has played 84 minutes of international football.

Hodgson is set to pick former Southampton man Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left, in preference to Liverpool winger Stewart Downing.

England are expected to pair Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck in attack against France on Monday, with James Milner on the right wing and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left.

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott should partner John Terry in central defence.

BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis said: "The team won't be confirmed until an hour before kick-off but this will be the England team which starts here at Euro 2012: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck.

"I think we all thought of Roy Hodgson with his pragmatic approach and conservative nature. It is really refreshing he is plumping for Oxlade-Chamberlain. He only made his first start last weekend against Belgium. It is a sign that Hodgson isn't just here to park the bus against the French."

France midfielder Yann M'Vila is fit after an ankle knock but is unlikely to start, with Alou Diarra likely to play. Blaise Matuidi is also available.

Striker Karim Benzema should feature despite suffering recent back pain

Hodgson says England are wary of France's attacking talent ahead of the much-anticipated Group D opener.

France are unbeaten in 21 games, and scored nine goals in their three pre-tournament friendlies.

"You have to be aware of the array of talent going forward," said Hodgson.

"They are great in the final third. The main thing is to nullify the threat they create around our penalty area."

France manager Laurent Blanc was pleased with the availability of all his players.

"Our objective is to pick the best team possible," he said.

"For Yann M'Vila, Blaise Matuidi and Steve Mandanda, the news is pretty reassuring. The medical staff have done remarkably well to get them back as quickly as possible."

England (probable) : Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Young.

France (probable) : Lloris, Debuchy, Mexes, Rami, Evra, Cabaye, Diarra, Malouda, Nasri, Ribery, Benzema.

Match Facts

England have scored at least 2 goals in 12 of their last 15 matches in EURO Cup. Over 1.5 goals1.57

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of France's last 11 games in EURO Cup. Under 2.5 goals1.40

France are undefeated in their last 9 matches in EURO Cup. France win or draw1.30

France have won their last 3 matches against England in all competitions. France win2.50

England are undefeated in their last 8 matches in EURO Cup. England win or draw1.50

Ukraine v Sweden 1945 BBC1

Team News

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin says the bout of food poisoning that affected his squad last week has now cleared up.

Andriy Shevchenko looks set to edge out Yevhen Konoplyanka in the support striker role behind Artem Milevskiy.

Sweden's Markus Rosenberg has been preferred to Johan Elmander on the right, with Ola Toivonen up front and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a deeper role.

Vice-captain Anders Svensson, who has 127 caps, misses out in central midfield, with Rasmus Elm selected.

The Swedish football association named their starting XI on their website on Monday.

Sweden (4-2-3-1): Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Granqvist, Olsson, Elm, Kallstrom, Rosenberg, Ibrahimovic ©, Larsson, Toivonen

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Sweden's last 9 games in EURO Cup. Over 2.5 goals2.25

Sweden have won 6 of their last 7 matches in EURO Cup. Sweden win2.88

Sweden have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches in EURO Cup. Over 1.5 goals1.40

Ukraine have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Sweden in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals1.62

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So far the teams who have turned up with the bus and played anti football have been dealt with

sides like italy who came with something new have been rewarded and the big players have shown up

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England vs France

It would be nice if England could leave the bus outside the stadium and actually come and play ball

France need to score first and quickly. Just like the Croats last night have to move the English bus around and Benzema cannot stay static whatsoever

If England score first then France are fucked because there is no Zidane to dig us out this time.

Ribery must see the ball a lot because he will actually rip Johnson into pieces.

Menez must see the pitch because he is the biggest threat France in terms of dribbling at pace.

The French back four have to be tactical aware in terms of counter attacks and set pieces especially Hodgson mentioned about the full backs especially Debuchy love attacking so therefore there will be a lot of space for England to expliot.

Mexes and Rami have mistakes in them (big ones) but it's Evra who are really worry about

M'Vila is a big loss

Hopefully Joe Hart gets shown how over rated he is and France are clinical.


Ukraine vs Sweden

Should be full of goals because both defences are woeful

Yarmalenko hopefully has a good game (the guy has quality in that left foot)

Zlatan scored twice in Euro 2008 and is in the form of his life,captain, number 10(I hope Zlatan turns up)

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Be serious u seen England's build up matches? And France's ? Only way England will win is a goal from the corner then park the bus for 1-0 England have been shit since 1998

Read the Belgium stats

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i think a no expectation england will do well, first time in ages eng have gone into a comp wid no pressure ....

// how is jamie der when man dissed eng in his book

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make or break for the Ox

play well and your the new rooney/owen

do fuck all and your the new walcott/vassell

margins are that thin

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How many did Germany score past England? Last serious competitive match they have played. England are shit get over it

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Really? Man will be off by the 60th minute has an engine but France are to much.

I actually want England to win

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