The Euro 2012 championship began a few days ago, and it is now England's turn to take to the pitch for the first time. There's been plenty of discussion about the squad lineup, decided by new manager Roy Hodgson. No matter who should be there, who isn't and who could be, the 11 players have their first opportunity to show what they're made of. My past few year's experience of watching England play at football would suggest France will win, but that's what the next ninety minutes will decide.

209 responses

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 15:43

    Evening all. In case you've not seen it yet, the teams for tonight: http://t.co/rxPeCB2P

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 15:44

    Evening all. In case you've not seen it yet, the teams for tonight: http://t.co/rxPeCB2P

    cheers sir. am going to miss the first 15 mins(ish), will listen on the radio and catch up with the comments asap. hoping for a good one :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 15:48

    So excited for this match!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 15:48

    Who are we cheering for? :p

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 15:48

    Who are we cheering for? :p

    FOOTBALL!!

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 15:49

    Who are we cheering for? :p

    hehe!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 15:50

    I'm going to be listening to the 'alternative' commentary on Absolute Radio 90s - Andy Zaltzman & Alun Cocraine: http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/listen/

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 15:50

    hehe!

    Just kidding. I wanted to wear my England jersey to work today, but I though that might be a bit too casual for my job.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 15:52

    Come on England. Though if you could draw 1-1 with Cabaye scoring the first goal I might be able to cope.

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 15:56

    France to win, and one of their EPL players will do something controversial. The game will be brutal like an old firm derby.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 15:57

    JT was really belting it out there - an omen? #nationalanthem

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 15:59

    Lol, Joe describes this as "Kicking animal bladders about" on his blog

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:02

    Lol, Joe describes this as "Kicking animal bladders about" on his blog

    As opposed to using fossilised animals as fuel for driving quickly?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:02

    Impressive amount of empty seats.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:03

    Impressive amount of empty seats.

    Have the French surrendered already?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:04

    So the England jersey I own has morse code imprinted really small on the sleeves.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:04

    Just missed four minutes. Not bad at all.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:05

    Well, we've started better than Ireland at least.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:06

    Where have they placed the DRS detection & activation for tonight?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:06

    Well, we've started better than Ireland at least.

    I just realised yesterday I have to cheer for Ireland as well because of Given.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:07

    Well, we've started better than Ireland at least.

    That's the attitude that I take when watching the World Cup. There always seems to be at least one team that gets more goals scored against it than the United States. "At least we are doing better than Tonga.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:08

    Ooh, I have something for Mr. C when he gets back.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:08

    "At least we are doing better than Tonga.

    Speaking of which, I was slightly amused that New Zealand managed to lose to New Caledonia at the weekend.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:08

    Rugby?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:09

    Rugby?

    Football, I doubt New Caledonia have a rugby team.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:11

    Oh ok. Just assumed with NZ. Was that a WC qualifier for them?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:12

    That poor camera.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:12

    Oh ok. Just assumed with NZ. Was that a WC qualifier for them?

    Oceanic Nations Cup. Tahiti won so they play like Spain and Brazil in next years Confederations Cup.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:12

    I always like this game of 'how many England players have I actually heard of'.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:13

    So embarrassing fact, my vehicles license plates are personalized with an English football club name.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:13

    France look dangerous, we look almost hesitant

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:14

    WHAT!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:14

    So embarrassing fact, my vehicles license plates are personalized with an English football club name.

    Your choice or came with the car?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:14

    France look dangerous, we look almost hesitant

    There's a feeling of 'I'd rather be in Marbella'

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:15

    There's a feeling of 'I'd rather be in Marbella'

    Almost like Rio's got the best out of this deal ...

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:15

    OHHH!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:15

    Ahh, the goal was wide open.

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:15

    Good play.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:15

    Did the right thing

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:15

    Should have scored, poor.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:15

    I'm liking the fluidity of that move

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:16

    Evening all. Nice quick drive home. :)

    I just realised yesterday I have to cheer for Ireland as well because of Given.

    Is that the sequel to Taken?

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:17

    Why do they make goalies kits look like pyjamas?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:17

    Is that the sequel to Taken?

    :)

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:17

    Why do they make goalies kits look like pyjamas?

    In the sense that you wouldn't want to be seen in them outside of your bed?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:17

    Why do they make goalies kits look like pyjamas?

    One of the goalies in an earlier match is all in a peach type colour. I kept thinking there was a streaker.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:18

    yeah. thought that was off

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:18

    The Ox had them there

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:23

    We lost one already?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:24

    We lost one already?

    I hope not - Carrol's not the man for the job yet

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:25

    I hope not - Carrol's not the man for the job yet

    Defoe is...

    ...anyone?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:26

    ...anyone?

    Yeah, but is he back with the team yet?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:26

    Yeah, but is he back with the team yet?

    I've no idea, actually.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:27

    What'd I miss?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:27

    Good lord that ref has quite a yellow top on.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:28

    I've no idea, actually.

    Internet says not avail. for today

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:30

    Where are the refs from?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:30

    What is going on with the balls?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:30

    GOAL!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:30

    Woohoo

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:30

    GOAL

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:30

    Oooh!

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:30

    Lescott!

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:31

    Yes!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:31

    Gerrard defo was helped by that retake! Got the range perfect

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:32

    Let's hope we continue for more, rather than sitting back.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:33

    Seems a bit much to be chanting football's coming home at this point.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 16:35

    phew, made it.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:35

    Yeesh!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:35

    Seems a bit much to be chanting football's coming home at this point.

    Got to chant it while we can ... ;)

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:36

    Seems a bit much to be chanting football's coming home at this point.

    Gotta love the optimism!

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:36

    Gotta love the optimism!

    I think its more irony.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:36

    I think its more irony.

    I think it's more beer :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:36

    Mmmm beer.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:36

    phew, made it.

    You saw the goal though, right?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:36

    I think it's more beer :)

    Valid point.

    That's a vicious tackle on Scotty, should be sent off.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:37

    That's a vicious tackle on Scotty, should be sent off.

    Penalty

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:37

    I think it's more beer :)

    Hehehe :)

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 16:39

    bah.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:39

    :(

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:39

    ahhh

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:39

    Phooey.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:39

    Well at least we have a close game..

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 16:40

    so close.

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:40

    Good goal from Nasri. We have a game then. 

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:41

    The stadium announcements are so loud now they must be off-putting for the players

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:41

    So long as England continue with the invention!!

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 16:41

    I don't want to blame Hart, but if Hart had covered the near post like he should have.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:43

    I don't want to blame Hart, but if Hart had covered the near post like he should have.

    He looked slightly unsighted, and slow to set off (only a fraction of a second - but that's enough)

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:43

    He looked slightly unsighted, and slow to set off (only a fraction of a second - but that's enough)

    Go go gadget arm.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:45

    Go go gadget arm.

    :D

    I'd want the helicopter head.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:45

    I'd want the helicopter head.

    I'd take the binocular-eyes

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 16:45

    I'd want the helicopter head.

    Everytime I went to France as a kid, I always tried to get the car toy.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:46

    I have a Peroni. Maybe I should've got English beer to be patriotic.

    This is a pretty good way to unwind after the most boring day. More post-work live sport please. :)

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 16:48

    I'd want the helicopter head.

    Didn't he have a van that turned into a car? I liked that. And Penny's computer book thing.. although I suppose we've got those now

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:49

    Way to derail the thread with Inspector Gadget Christine!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 16:51

    Way to derail the thread with Inspector Gadget Christine!

    I can just picture Ribery in a swivel chair with a white cat.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 16:51

    Way to derail the thread with Inspector Gadget Christine!

    Ooop, my bad. :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 16:52

    I can just picture Ribery in a swivel chair with a white cat.

    Careful scratching yourself there Frank!

    That was mean. I'm sorry.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:02

    alrighty, i'm not moving for 45mins. don't blink.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:03

    Anything interesting from Apple yet?

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:04

    Anything interesting from Apple yet?

    follow here - http://sidepodcast.com/event/wwdc-2012-keynote-apples-developer-conference-gets-underway-san-francisco

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:05

    No don't try to just hold on!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:05

    One of the French players has a bandaged hand. I guess this, along with Riverdance, is one of the few sport/activity type things that don't need arms.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:05

    No don't try to just hold on!

    That's the England of old, and got us nowhere

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:06

    One of the French players has a bandaged hand. I guess this, along with Riverdance, is one of the few sport/activity type things that don't need arms.

    I would like to disagree. #goalkeepersunion

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:06

    I would like to disagree. #goalkeepersunion

    :)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:06

    One of the French players has a bandaged hand. I guess this, along with Riverdance, is one of the few sport/activity type things that don't need arms.

    ... balance?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:06

    That's the England of old, and got us nowhere

    I suppose replying to the commentators on ESPN doesn't really have much benefit here.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:07

    How else would the French surrender if they don't have arms to throw up?!?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:07

    ... balance?

    I'm not saying you can just chop all their arms off.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:07

    I suppose replying to the commentators on ESPN doesn't really have much benefit here.

    be interested to know how they cover it. we have a choice of three different crews here.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:07

    i think i even picked up french commentary on medium wave.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:07

    be interested to know how they cover it. we have a choice of three different crews here.

    I'm trying to find who is commentating it.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:08

    That was almost rather nice

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:09

    I never get used to them switching ends. Never. Maybe they should do it more often like in the tennis, that keeps you on your toes.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:09

    nice collection.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:09

    I suppose replying to the commentators on ESPN doesn't really have much benefit here.

    I remember watching Spurs-San Jose in a friendly once. The American commentators were hilarious (and not in a good way)

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:09

    I never get used to them switching ends. Never. Maybe they should do it more often like in the tennis, that keeps you on your toes.

    they should switch ends, but also move the cameras the opposite side of the stadium. win/win.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:09

    I never get used to them switching ends. Never. Maybe they should do it more often like in the tennis, that keeps you on your toes.

    In Ultimate (Frisbee) they change ends after every score.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:09

    they should switch ends, but also move the cameras the opposite side of the stadium. win/win.

    Genius!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:10

    I remember watching Spurs-San Jose in a friendly once. The American commentators were hilarious (and not in a good way)

    I think one of the commentators for us is English and the other is Irish?

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:10

    they should switch ends, but also move the cameras the opposite side of the stadium. win/win.

    You'd need to move the spectators so they don't get confused either.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:11

    You'd need to move the spectators so they don't get confused either.

    Or maybe a rotating pitch?

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:11

    You'd need to move the spectators so they don't get confused either.

    How about have the stadium on a swivel to help

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:11

    Whew.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:11

    dangerous.

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:12

    Or maybe a rotating pitch?

    Yes! Although it's a rectangle so it would have to lift up on a central hydraulic thing to spin around. Or maybe sink underground so no-one falls off.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:13

    Well on a side note, in the ESPN studios they have Michael Ballack for pre/postgame and half time.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:13

    Well on a side note, in the ESPN studios they have Michael Ballack for pre/postgame and half time.

    Bet he's impartial

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:14

    FOUL!

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:14

    are we sure this is england? when did we learn to pass the ball?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:14

    Ribery is a psychopath.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:15

    Ribery is a psychopath.

    No thought of contact with the ball

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:15

    Well on a side note, in the ESPN studios they have Michael Ballack for pre/postgame and half time.

    ITV has Gareth Southgate and Patrick Viera.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:17

    #Backheel - this is not the England we've come to watch (though closed fingers)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:18

    Oh, so now he is fine that the play has been stopped.

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:19

    Oh, so now he is fine that the play has been stopped.

    I bet it has nothing to do with trying to disrupt the English attack.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:21

    oooosh.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:21

    Good save keeps

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:25

    Our commentary just said that Wegner is doing commentary for France.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:26

    Our commentary just said that Wegner is doing commentary for France.

    Wenger?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:26

    Yeah him.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:27

    they have us surrounded.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:28

    they have us surrounded.

    (I know this wasn't against the French, only in France) But it looks like Dunkirk out there.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:29

    they seem to be controlling this game now. what happened.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:29

    Time for a subst? Is it Theo-o'clock?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:29

    Time for a subst? Is it Theo-o'clock?

    I refuse to believe its ever time for him.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:30

    I refuse to believe its ever time for him.

    I was thinking about an injection of pace, anyone quick would do

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:31

    playing rings around us here. c'mon tim england.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:32

    So apparently vigorously shaking a fountain pen isn't a good idea....

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:33

    The referee is not having a good game (not blaming, just saying)

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:33

    Back after a BBQ pork chop dinner. Mrs. Goat is identifying England players by unusual methods!

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:33

    Defoe comes on.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:33

    Doesn't sound like the crowd are approving of the ref either

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:34

    Rizzoli is clearly to involved in the latest murder case back in the US. #uscrimedramahumour

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:34

    Doesn't sound like the crowd are approving of the ref either

    The ref needs a banker?

  • Ryan11/06/2012 at 17:34

    And with JD on, my time to go, been fun. Go England.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:34

    The ref needs a banker?

    That's right - they're implying he's taken a bribe

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:34

    I don't know Scott Parker or Jordan Henderson. Oh well.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:36

    Oh Ribery.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:36

    Back after a BBQ pork chop dinner. Mrs. Goat is identifying England players by unusual methods!

    Like what?

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:37

    yowch, close

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:38

    That cross was begging to be put away >

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:38

    Like what?

    By the scandals they are associated with!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:39

    By the scandals they are associated with!

    How long does it take for her to refer to JT?

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:40

    How long does it take for her to refer to JT?

    He was first, Ashley cole was second

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:40

    Ugh...

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:41

    That guy's name is Marvin Martin!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:41

    That guy's name is Marvin Martin!

    He is here to destroy the planet!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:43

    Someone help him!

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:43

    I don't think seeing 9 England players bunched up there can be good.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:44

    Seriously guys, I can't hold my breathe for the best part of 10 mins!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:45

    This second half hasn't been as interesting for me, apart from the shot by the French.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:45

    Darn it.

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:46

    This second half hasn't been as interesting for me, apart from the shot by the French.

    It's identical to last nights game. Tight, one team scores, the other equalises and then it's tight again.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:46

    I think he should have turned that instead of playing it back.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:47

    What is he going to do in ~4 mins, I mean seriously?!

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:47

    Rio Ferdinand ‏@rioferdy5: Hamilton coming on.....I mean theo! #sideburns

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:48

    What is he going to do in ~4 mins, I mean seriously?!

    Something I've never understood about football...

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:48

    Something I've never understood about football...

    To get his international minutes up?

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:48

    Good result for England, this.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:49

    Good result for England, this.

    Don't. Speak. Too. Soon. ...

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:50

    flipping heck.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:50

    Well...ok.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:50

    not awesome, but i guess we'll take it.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:50

    Erm, ... yes

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:50

    Ah well. A win was a bit to ask but I thought it was on after that first one.

  • Rubbergoat11/06/2012 at 17:50

    They played well. Good start for England.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:51

    quick straw poll, what do people think about live commenting other games? just england matches, or more?

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:51

    It is weird to see teammates hugging and stuff despite playing for different countries.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:51

    I'd do as many as I'm around for.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:52

    quick straw poll, what do people think about live commenting other games? just england matches, or more?

    I could comment on anything, and will be sat here watching them all, so yes!

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:52

    quick straw poll, what do people think about live commenting other games? just england matches, or more?

    Maybe make them available, see what interest there is? I've been dipping in and out this weekend.

  • Christine11/06/2012 at 17:52

    quick straw poll, what do people think about live commenting other games? just england matches, or more?

    Somehow I have managed to see a bit of every game so far, so I might be around! :)

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:52

    During the week is great. Weekends I might be hit or miss.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:52

    I'd do as many as I'm around for.

    I could comment on anything, and will be sat here watching them all, so yes!

    Maybe make them available, see what interest there is? I've been dipping in and out this weekend.

    Somehow I have managed to see a bit of every game so far, so I might be around! :)

    cool. next game then...?

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:53

    As in Sweden/Ukraine?

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 17:53

    Actually if you put up threads I may make more of an effort to watch :)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:53

    cool. next game then...?

    Deal me in

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:54

    As in Sweden/Ukraine?

    that keen? okay, let's do it.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:54

    Actually if you put up threads I may make more of an effort to watch :)

    Will it help if MrC programme an F button to show the schedule of matches etc ... (#jokes)

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:55

    Will it help if MrC programme an F button to show the schedule of matches etc ... (#jokes)

    hehehhe.

  • jwcrummett11/06/2012 at 17:55

    that keen? okay, let's do it.

    Gonna grab lunch here. I'll miss the start but will jump in as soon as I return.

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 17:57

    Whenever the commentators tonight mentioned Debuchy, I was confused why the French were playing a 19th C composer up-front.

  • Mr C11/06/2012 at 17:59

    christine is f.a.s.t.

    new thread for ya - http://sidepodcast.com/event/ukraine-vs-sweden-group-d-2012-uefa-european-football-championship

  • Pat W11/06/2012 at 18:00

    Cool, thx :)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:04

    Don't worry, I'll try to push this into next football season ;)

  • Will^11/06/2012 at 18:10

    Don't worry, I'll try to push this into next football season ;)

    Where did the *not* disappear to from that sentence?!