David James on England's rivals
Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00
FRANCE, JUNE 11, 5PM
France are something of a contradiction. Everyone knows what they are capable of because of their past victories, but with the current crop of youngsters France have been playing, their team could well turn out to be something of an unknown quantity at this championship.
Head to head: England 16 France 6 D4
Last five meetings: W L D L L
SWEDEN, JUNE 15, 7.45PM
Despite England's victory against them in the most recent international match, we managed only a draw when we played them in the 2006 World Cup -- it took a wonder goal from Joe Cole to get us firing.
Head to head: England 7 Sweden 9 D9
Last five meetings: D D L D W
UKRAINE, JUNE 19, 5PM
England lost 1-0 to Ukraine when we last played them in their own back yard, but we also beat them 2-1 at Wembley. On paper England should be able to prevail, but going up against the host nation is always going to bring an extra edge to an already difficult challenge.
Head to head: England 3 Ukraine 1
Last five meetings: W W W L
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