Euro 2012 update – June 19th

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England, France and Ukraine are all in with a chance of making the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, with Sweden the only team with nothing but pride to play for in Group D this evening.

Les Bleus are currently in pole position to take top spot after a draw against the Three Lions and victory over Swedes, with goal difference currently better than Roy Hodgson’s men.

However, Laurent Blanc has urged his side not to take the challenge of Sweden lightly, irrespective of their current position at the bottom of the table.

"Before thinking about how many goals are scored on both sides, before thinking about scoring many goals, one needs to think getting well prepared to the game and most of all, to think about playing with your own qualities that will allow the French team to creates some problems to the Swedish team,” said the former Manchester United defender.

Erik Hamrén will be eager to go out on a high in what is set to be his last match as Sweden manager, but knows the French won’t be giving his side an easy ride in Kyiv tonight.

For England, they know a draw will be good enough to make it into the last eight at the expense of the co-hosts, who need a win to make sure they make it into the knockout stage.

Star striker Andriy Shevchenko is a fitness doubt ahead of the clash, but manager Oleg Blokhin prefers to focus on his other 22 players rather than the former Chelsea hitman.

"I feel like we are only talking about (Andriy) Shevchenko's life. I think at this stage we should do a separate news conference with Shevchenko only. Don't forget that there are 22 other players, and this is not fair on them,” he said.

Both games kick off at 7:45pm tonight.

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