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Euro 2012: England 3-2 Sweden

There was a point yesterday when it seemed as if history was deemed to repeat itself yet again. As Olof Mellbergs second goal-ward shot on goal made Joe Harts net swell for the second time in ten minutes, the feeling that England were deflating to expectation was inescapable. We had been here before, of course. In the cauldron of noise that was the Rasunda in Stockholm twenty years ago, Sweden came from behind to knock England out of the competition at the first hurdle. Ten years later, they were back, coming from behind to force a draw in their first match of the World Cup finals. And in 2006 another late Swedish equaliser denied England three points in their final group match in Cologne. England, as we have been told approximately nine times every day since the draw for these finals was made, hadn’t managed to beat Sweden in a competitive match since 1968. The stars were aligning against England yet again. Somehow, though, this time England contrived somehow to pull an iron from the fire and conjured two goals – one a little lucky, one a tiny moment of improvised brilliance – to win the match and now go into their final group match against the co-hosts needing only a draw to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition. Qualification remains very much in the balance – they...

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For The King, The Empire And John Terry: The Wing Commander Writes On England Vs France

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book of his reports published, we are delighted to welcome him to Twohundredpercent for the first time for his views on Englands match against our arch imperial foes, France.    Excellent England Force Fearful French To Fall Back Onto Own Swords   The renegade nation...

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The Calm Before The England Storm

If this summers European Championships have felt a little unusual so far, with the rain and the old school hooliganism and all – Fighting stewards inside a ground! How quaint! – then perhaps the most uncharacteristic aspect of it all has been the lack of hype surrounding the England team. As time has passed, there has come to be a quiet mist of resignation hang over this squad, a sense that we already know that this summer is to be like so many before it and will end in defeat, only this time around the scores have been phoned through in advance. Indeed, the lack of hype surrounding the England team has been so great that this in itself is becoming a cause for criticism. “Enough with the false modesty!”, some cry, angry at the sudden and somewhat unexpected disappearance of one of the key justifications for hating England as much as many do. This evening in Donetsk, England will take to the pitch against France without, for once, the hopes and dreams of a nation sitting too heavily on their shoulders. The tone of press coverage surrounding the team has ranged from quietly mournful to almost gleeful at the prospect of their imminent disappointment, and the peace and quiet that this has brought has been quite refreshing. Yesterday, ITV Sport sent an intrepid reporter to the England supporters...

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Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – England

Perfidious Albion. The pantomime villains of international football. The team that everybody loves to hate. This year, however, it had been starting to look as if England might have had a quieter time of things. Thrashed out of sight by Germany at the World Cup finals two years ago, a few weeks of navel-gazing was followed by not a great deal changing as everybody’s attention turned back to the Premier League and the Champions League but, while qualification for the finals of the European Championships this summer was achieved with relatively little fuss by Fabio Capello, this coach has now gone – angered by the FAs decision to strip John Terry of the team captaincy – and replaced by the avuncular Roy Hodgson. The new man, however, has found that there is no such thing as a “quiet” time for this team, with an ongoing – and, one rather suspects, still brewing – row over which players should have been taken to the finals is now threatening to overshadow what small increments of progress he had managed in his first two friendly matches in charge of the team. The History: Where to begin? It was the Football Association that first codified the game in 1863, and England played in the worlds first international match against Scotland in 1870. There has been little plain sailing since then, though. A row...

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Euro Moments: England

This mornings Euro Moment comes from England, and features midfielder Stewart Downing standing in a glass box. It may just be for the best that he stays in there. This was the final Euro Moment, but you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here. Mungo will return for a new series later in the year. Don’t forget that with Euro 2012 approaching you can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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