Scott Parker has vowed to make the most of every minute in his first major international tournament.
At 31 the Tottenham anchor has accrued only 13 caps in a stop-start England career but is set for a crucial role under in Ukraine and Poland.
Parker said: "At 31 it's my first tournament so it's one I have been looking forward to for a long time and I am over the moon."
England coach Roy Hodgson has made his clearest statement yet on the reasons for leaving Rio Ferdinand out of his Euro 2012 squad.
The Russian Football Union has called for fan unity following the news that UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia.
The head of the British police contingent at Euro 2012 has urged Ukrainian officers to "make an example" of isolated racist incidents.