Euro 2012, Group D, Monday, Donetsk, 5pm
ENGLAND have been friendless in the build-up to Euro 2012 and today we'll discover if we've been right to ignore Roy Hodgson's side.
They won't emulate the 1966 heroes but even reaching the last eight is a tall order from a Group D that features on-form France, co-hosts Ukraine and solid Sweden.
France are first up for Hodgson's boys and it will be a major test for a boss whose first thought is: “Let's not get beat”.
After a few barren years the French are on the up under Laurent Blanc and have top stars such as Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery, Sami Nasri and Olivier Giroud.
Giroud is also a class act and will need to be watched closely but Hodgson won't have too many worries about his defence. His two matches in charge ended in 1-0 wins and a third pays 7-1 at unibet.
England are 2-1 with Ladbrokes to keep a clean sheet but I'm on France to nick a win in what looks is likely to be a cagey affair.
Danny Welbeck is tipped to start up front in the absence of banned Wayne Rooney and is 9-1 at Hills, Ladbrokes and
BetVictor to score first.
Most of the opening games have been closely-fought contests and this should be no different. I'll be on under 2.5 goals, no bigger than 8-15 at Ladbrokes, and if France win it could be 1-0 (6-1, Ladbrokes, BetVictor).
Joe Hart has been tagged by some as the world's No.1 keeper and if England are to have any chance he'll need to be as safe as houses. The Man City star is 14-1 at Ladbrokes to be named man of the match while Benzema is 7-1.
Benzema to score
(23-10, Paddy Power)