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Karim Benzema: Manchester United have been trying to sign me since 2008
11/06/2012 by Metro.co.uk
Karim Benzema has ruled out a summer transfer to Manchester United, who he says have tried to sign him every summer for the past four seasons.Karim Benzema has established himself as the main striker for France and Real MadridThe 24-year-old, who will lead France's attack against England on Monday in their Euro 2012 group D opener, said he was 'very happy' at Real Madrid afte... Full Story »
Stevie fired up by French jibes
11/06/2012 by The Sun
STRETCHING A POINT ... skipper Steven Gerrard limbers up alongside Scott ParkerANGLO-FRENCH hostilities broke out a day early here in Donetsk yesterday.It was sparked by a mickey-taking French reporter sitting at the back of a packed England Press conference.The journalist asked Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard how it was possible for England to still call themselves a seriou... Full Story »
Chamberlain primed to start against France with Hodgson in bullish mood
11/06/2012 by Dailymail
Roy Hodgson has told his England players they are primed and ready to compete with the finest teams in Europe.Hodgson’s side launch their Euro 2012 campaign against France on Monday evening in sweltering temperatures near 90F in south-eastern Ukraine.After training in the Donbass Arena, the manager rallied his squad with a reminder that they are elite players from one of th... Full Story »
Hodgson: England's not scared of France
11/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
England manager Roy Hodgson insisted Sunday his team were undaunted by France's scintillating form as the old rivals prepared for their Euro 2012 opener here Monday.France have arrived in Ukraine firing on all cylinders, with a settled team wrapping up their tournament preparations last week with a 4-0 demolition of Estonia to extend Les Bleus unbeaten streak to 21 games.Th... Full Story »
England won't fear France at Euro 2012, says Hodgson
10/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
England manager Roy Hodgson insists his players won't fear France when they face Les Bleus in their heavyweight Euro 2012 duel on Monday.France head into the Group D game in Donetsk on the back of a 21-game unbeaten streak, brimming with confidence and attacking brio after a 4-0 drubbing of Estonia last week.The French outplayed England when the sides last met at Wembley in ... Full Story »
French Premier League players wary of England
09/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
DONETSK (Reuters) - With almost a third of its players at Premier League clubs and a coach who played for Manchester United, the French Euro 2012 squad is well placed to judge the merits of England, the team's first Group D opponents on Monday.France's trainer Laurent Blanc makes no secret of his admiration for and his interest in English soccer, where he played for tw... Full Story »
Danny joy! Welbeck to lead line against France... but young Gunner Chamberlain misses out on start
09/06/2012 by Dailymail
Danny Welbeck looks to have won the race to be England’s centre forward when their Euro 2012 campaign begins against France on Monday.The Manchester United striker’s instinctive finish in last week’s 1-0 friendly win over Belgium has  convinced manager Roy Hodgson to pick him ahead of Andy Carroll as the replacement for Wayne Rooney, who is suspended.Welbeck, 21, impresse... Full Story »
France coach Laurent Blanc 'surprised' at Rio Ferdinand's omission from Roy Hodgson's England squad
08/06/2012 by Telegraph.co.uk
Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, was allegedly racially abused by England defender John Terry last year and the wider suspicion is that the Manchester United defender was excluded due to fears that his selection alongside Terry could harm squad unity.  Terry denies the allegation and Ferdinand told Hodgson that he wanted to play in Euro 2012 but was overlooked in favour of Terry... Full Story »
France's Yann M'Vila a major doubt for England game
08/06/2012 by Telegraph.co.uk
But there was otherwise positive news on Les Bleus' defensive midfield injury crisis, with Blaise Matuidi and Alou Diarra both making good progress in their recovery from setbacks.  M'Vila has been a doubt for the game since turning his ankle in a pre-tournament friendly against Serbia on May 31 and team doctor Fabrice Bryand considers it likely the Rennes star will miss ou... Full Story »
Italian Nicola Rizzoli to referee England's Euro 2012 opener against France
08/06/2012 by Goal.com
England’s first Euro 2012 game against France is to be refereed by Italian Nicola Rizzoli.Having spent 10 years officiating in Serie A, the European Championship is the 40-year-old's first major tournament.Three Lions' boss Roy Hodgson will remember Rizzoli after he refereed Fulham’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid in 2010.However, he is more likely to b... Full Story »