England launch their Euro 2012 quest in Donetsk on Monday night with manager Roy Hodgson admitting his players can feel the weight of history on their shoulders.

Not since 1966 have the Three Lions roared, a fact repeated so often it has almost become a parody of itself. Even the opposition were joining in at the Donbass Arena as a French journalist used England's miserable record since that glorious Wembley day to question whether they were a major football power.

"Of course we feel the weight of history," said Hodgson. "It was a facetious question but there was a little element of truth in what he was saying. As a top nation we haven't won as many tournaments as we should or done as well as we should."

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