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Group D is wide open, although England will be in trouble if they lose. Neither Hodgson nor his captain Steven Gerrard put the Swedes - or Tuesday's opponents Ukraine - in the same class as the French.
The manager said: 'To be brutally honest, France are one of the favourites to win the competition and Sweden and Ukraine are not.'
'When we win the ball back and break out, we've got to make certain the last pass, cross or actual finish is very clinical.
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|