SWEDEN boss Erik Hamren (pictured) has insisted England can win next summer’s European Championship ahead of his side’s Wembley friendly tonight.
English can win Euro 2012 says Sweden boss Sweden boss Erik Hamren (pictured) has insisted England can win next summer’s European Championship ahead of his side’s Wembley friendly tonight.
England’s shock victory over Spain on Saturday proved a double-edged sword, with what was a welcome result against the world and European champions tempered somewhat by the obvious gulf in class between the two countries.
Fabio Capello’s ultra defensive tactics appeared to suggest he did not believe his side were capable of going toe to toe with the very best. But while Hamren had no doubt yesterday who the favourites for Euro 2012 are, he claimed England were not that far behind.
“It’s the three big countries – Spain, Holland and Germany – who are the favourites of course,” he said. “England are one of the teams, one of the countries, who can take the challenge.”
That is even without Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard or Jack Wilshere, according to Hamren, who will not have to deal with that trio tonight.
“If you see the squad, you can put some really, really good players in instead of them,” he said.
England will be favourites for tonight’s match, as they would have been virtually every time they have played Sweden. However, they have repeatedly come unstuck against the Scandinavians, who boast a 12-match, 43-year unbeaten record against them.
Sweden and Sunderland winger Sebastian Larsson said: “Hopefully we can keep it going for a few more years and reach 50.”
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