England: 6 Flaws for Roy Hodgson to Correct Before Euro 2012 Clash with Sweden

« Prev
1 of 8
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
England: 6 Flaws for Roy Hodgson to Correct Before Euro 2012 Clash with Sweden
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Roy Hodgson's mark was all over England's opening display at Euro 2012. A thoroughly organised, cohesive unit repressed their French adversaries long enough to earn what could prove to be a crucial point in Group D.

The 1-1 draw was certainly a tenacious effort, and thanks to the extra portions of discipline, unity and passion deemed to be visible, it has helped Hodgson win many extra plaudits at home.

Elsewhere, the gritty nature of the performance, disjointed play and slow tempo upset many neutrals—Michael Ballack for example, who was particularly unimpressed—but it was the result that was of primary importance. 

Tomorrow however, Hogdson's task becomes slightly more complex. 

Victory against Sweden is essential, and the emphasis will now switch to the other end of the field, with the overall performance also guaranteed to be far more scrutinised.

With such a defensive structure, do England have enough creative intricacy to unlock a side from open play, without being exposed themselves?

Here are six issues from Monday's performance for Hodgson to address.

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow England (National Football) from B/R on Facebook

Follow England (National Football) from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Team StreamTM

England (National Football)

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.