Euro 2012 Matchday Eight (Group D)

Euro 2012 Matchday Eight (Group D)

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 Matchday Eight (Group D)



In reaction to France not being able to defeat a Wayne Rooney-less England side in its opening game of Euro 2012, coach Laurent Blanc has made a couple of big changes to his lineup.

Blanc has dropped Patrice Evra and Florent Malouda from the starting lineup in favor of Gael Clichy and Jeremy Menez, as France looks to topple co-host Ukraine (12 p.m., ESPN2/ Veteran forward Andriy Shevchenko, who played the role of hero for Group D-leading Ukraine with his brace against Sweden, is starting again in Donetsk.

In the second match of the day, England and Sweden clash (2:45 p.m., ESPN2/, with the pressure on the Swedes to take three points with a group finale against France looming next week. This is the final match of Rooney's two-game suspension for the Three Lions, and Roy Hodgson has reportedly turned to a Danny Welbeck-Andy Carroll pairing up top to try and generate some goals. The two teams played a friendly seven months ago to the day, with England winning 1-0.

If you will be watching any of Friday's Euro 2012 action, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the games.

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