The English team has all the ammunition required to win the game. They have got a rich blend of experience and youth in their team, which should do them real good. Players such as Gerrard, Terry, Cole, Johnson need to hold the team together along with players such as Carroll, Downing, and Welbeck etc. Rooney's absence in the pitch will hurt them bad, especially in front of the goal. He is a constant threat to defenders.
France, on the other hand, looks a well-balanced side under the watchful eyes of L. Blanc, their coach, who has held the team in a strong manner. Players such as Benzema, P. Evra, Gaël Clichy, Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Franck Ribery have proved themselves in various club competitions around the world. They too, like England, have a star studded line-up, which can make any European team sweat.
It is no surprise then that the English think tank considers France to be tough challenge. If the English team are to be crowned champions they need to play such teams and win their matches. No team would be easy to beat in the championship. France are also one of the favourites for Euro 2012. They will give a tough time to English defenders and Rio's absence and Cahill injury just makes the English defense look weak. Benzema, one of the most feared strikers of world football would grab any opportunity that comes his way. The English defense must be at the top of their game to stop the French from winning the game.
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