IT’S D-DAY ISN’T IT? GROUP D DAY?

Oh yes. The day when England should dispatch the Ukraine team without breaking stride before marching onwards into the quarter-finals, where they will pummel either Italy or Spain, or BOTH at the same time if they start getting lippy. 

Yes, that traditional arrogance that normally scuppers England in major tournaments is starting to rear its ugly head again. We don’t want to sound like negative nellies but the job is far from over, and it won’t be an easy one in the slightest.

HOW COME? SURELY VICTORY IS INEVITABLE?

Ukraine HAVE to win if they want to make it out of the group stage, and if their talisman Andriy Shevchenko plays (he’s 50/50 as we write this), his presence added to the, ahem, lively atmosphere that we can expect could be enough to give England the wobbles and send them home just when confidence in Roy’s boys is starting to grow. Stranger things have happened.

We can expect one personnel change, with Wayne Rooney returning from suspension in place of Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott missing out on taking the right-wing spot from James Milner. Frankly, we’re bricking it over this one, and we reckon that, as against Sweden, it’ll be another high-scoring match. There’s a shiny golden FHM EuroBalls coin going on a 2-2 draw at 14/1 with William Hill, but if you’re feeling more confident, you can have 4/1 on an England win with a Rooney goal thrown into the mix

COME ON TIM!!!

No, wrong sport.

WHAT OTHER NEWS FROM THIS BEAUTIFUL, EXCITING TOURNAMENT?

As with groups A and B, Group C went right down to the wire, with Italy and Spain made it through after the latter made hard work of beating Croatia last night, and even that was courtesy of a goal that would have been classed as blatantly offside not so long ago.

One of them will be England’s next opponents if all goes well tonight and the Spanish stuttered where they would normally stroll. As for the Italians, there’s not much to be learned from their 2-0 win over Ireland, other than that Mario Balotelli could have got himself in trouble with some goal celebration verbals if Leonardo Bonucci hadn’t slapped his hand over Mario’s gob just in time.

We’re STILL waiting for a stand-out team to emerge, which means that the rest of Euro 2012 is probably going to get even better the longer it goes on…

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