Team guide: England

Joe Hart
Goalkeeper Joe Hart is one of England's few top-class players. Photo: PA

Head coach: Roy Hodgson

Pedigree: For a nation which considers itself one of European football's powerhouses, England have a miserable record in the tournament. A semi-final appearance on home soil in 1996 remains the stand-out performance, while a disappointing quarter-final exit on penalties to Portugal in 2004 was the only other time since 1968 that the Three Lions have gone beyond the group stage.

Euro 2012 chances: Roy Hodgson is right to play down any expectations that England can shine this summer. Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two group games (a serious hindrance), while Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard recently joined the long list of English midfielders who have succumbed to injury. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has also fallen by the wayside. Given these impediments, just reaching the quarter-finals would be a decent achievement. England will be tough to break down under Hodgson, but will they create and score enough goals to reach the last eight? Andy Carroll, your country needs you.

Key man: Given the chopping and changing which seems to dog the England team, the nation should be thankful that at least one position is sewn up, with goalkeeper Joe Hart the first name on the team-sheet. He could be in for a busy tournament, and he's a good penalty-saver too - a blessing, considering England's record in that regard.

Euro 2012 group fixtures: v France (11 June, Donetsk), v Sweden (15 June, Kiev), v Ukraine (19 June, Donetsk).


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City).

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton).

Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City).

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).

Classic clip: El Tel's England thump Holland 4-1 at Euro '96.

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