England - Russia
England - Russia
Probable teams of both teams
ENGLAND; Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose, Deer, Ali Lala, Rooney, Stirling, Kane
RUSSIA; Akinfeyev, Smolnikov, V. Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Shennikov, Golovin, Nyushtedter, Smolov, Shatov, Kokorin, Dzyuba
For the first time in a long time the English is not so great expectations given the fact that the team has the youngest lineup in decades.
However, 'Three Lions' demonstrated very good things in qualifying and the team he might be one of the biggest surprises of the big forum.
Before the meeting Roy Hodgson has no problems with their existing players, but his fellow Russian national team Leonid Slutskiy yet to assess the state of Glushakov and Torbinski.
The first is a muscle injury, and the second with a virus and the participation of the two general is not so sure.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union two sides have met only twice. This happened in qualifying for Euro 2008. The English succeeded 3-0 of 'Wembley', while the Russians won 2-1 in Moscow.
The last match of England against Russia / USSR in the European Championship was in 1988. Then the Soviet Union came to success 3-1 in the group stage of the tournament.
This is the ninth part of the 'Three Lions' of European finals. The English never crossed half-finals of such a forum. They finished third in the race in 1968 and eliminated in the 1/2 finals by Germany in 1996.
The English, however no luck in penalties in similar races and were eliminated after them in three of their last four evrouchastiya - 1996, 2004 and 2012.
Another interesting fact is that the 'Three Lions' never won their first match of the European Championships so far and have 4 losses and 4 draws.
In view of the situation our forecast is 1-0 success for the British.