Ah, we’re guessing that you acted on our genius tip from yesterday and put some big money on a 3-2 England win over the Swedes last night. 40/1 yeah? More than makes up for the other shoddy tips that we’ve dangled in your faces over the past few days.

Tactically, Roy Hodgson played it perfectly. Knowing that Sweden needed a win, he put Milner in to make the midfield that little bit more solid. Then, when a goal was needed, on came Theo Walcott to inject some extra guile and energy. 

As for Danny Welbeck’s winning goal, if Lionel Messi had scored it, the world’s pundits would still be hosing each other down after the love-fest they’d have indulged in. World-class skill from the youngster. 

All in all, it leaves England needing a draw against Ukraine on Tuesday night to progress into the last eight, with Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings after his two-match suspension. 


This isn’t a time for hysteria. Even though England got the win, they looked worryingly suspect at the back and the two goals they conceded were hardly as a result of any eye-spinning skill from the Swedes. 

The final group match will be against a team playing on home soil who know they need a win at all costs. The idea that England can comfortably eke out the draw that will get them through is a dangerous one. Be on your guard Englanders – this job is far from done!


Two group A matches, both kicking off at 7.45pm as the groups start their third and final games. We’ve looked at the possibilities and any one of the four teams could find themselves in the quarter-finals or on the plane home by 10pm. 

Mind you, Greece need to beat Russia to get through and as they’ve looked vaguely shambolic for most of their first two games, it’s a big ask. We reckon Russia will comfortably see them off, and we’re tipping a 2-0 win – you can get 8/1 with William Hill on that one.

At the same time, the Czech Republic and Poland need to beat each other to make sure of qualification. Or maybe they could both lose and still get through. No, that can’t be right. Flushed by our long-shot success from last night, we’re going for a 3-3 draw at 66/1, a result that could see both teams go out of the tournament. Or not. Or something else. We almost can’t bring ourselves to watch. Booze – that should help.

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