England Euro 12: What English Must Do to Defeat France

Luis BatlleContributor IJune 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02:  Ashley Cole of England in action during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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In spite of facing a streaking France team, England still has every opportunity to pick up a win.

Undoubtedly the most intriguing battle in Group D at the European Championships, the Three Lions will have their work cut out for them against Les Bleus.

Just how hot have the French been? This is a team that has won its last five matches in 2012, including a telling victory over powerhouse Germany.

Here are some ways that this English side can surprise the field and take down the French. 


Slow Down the Attack

France's play has been a roller coaster ride over the last several years, yet as of late the talent has finally caught on in the attacking portion of the pitch.

In the team's last three matches, France has scored an impressive nine goals against worthy opponents. The three wins came against Iceland, Serbia and Estonia. The four-goal game against Estonia was one of the more impressive games the French have played up front in recent memory.

If Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema—top-notch talents boasting five of the team's last nine goals—can be slowed down, England has to like their chances.


Utilize Arguably the Most Talented Defense at the Cup

Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole will be leading what is arguably the strongest defensive unit at Euro 2012.

The top-notch unit has not conceded a goal in its last two matches, boasting 1-0 wins over both Norway and Belgium. Considering the quality these two teams boast, there is certainly much to be impressed with from the back line.

Against a team that is red hot in the attack, getting defensive stops is a must.