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England in European Championship 2012
Preliminary Competition

2010 to 2011

   
UEFA Group G
Table
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 8 5 3 0 17 5 +12 18
Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 =0 12
Switzerland 8 3 2 3 12 10 +2 11
Wales 8 3 0 5 6 10 -4 9
Bulgaria 8 1 2 5 3 13 -10 5
   
UEFA Group G
Matches

 

3 September 2010 

Montenegro 1 Wales 0 [1-0]
Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica (9,862)
Vučinić
England 2 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
National Stadium, Wembley, London
(73,246)
Defoe (3), Adam Johnson
7 September 2010 
Bulgaria 0 Montenegro 1 [0-1]
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija (5,000)
Zverotić
Switzerland 1 England 3 [0-1]
Sankt-Jakob Park, Sankt Jakob, Basel (39,700)
Shaqiri
Rooney, Adam Johnson, Bent
8 October 2010 
Wales 0 Bulgaria 1 [0-0]
Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith, Cardiff
(14,061)
Popov
Montenegro 1 Switzerland 0 [0-0]
Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica (11,500)
Vukčević
12 October 2010 
Switzerland 4 Wales 1 [2-1]
Sankt-Jakob Park, Sankt Jakob, Basel (38,500)
Stocker (2), Streller, Inler (pen)
Bale
England 0 Montenegro 0 [0-0]
National Stadium, Wembley, London (73,451)
 
26 March 2011 
Wales 0 England 2 [0-2]
The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
(68,959)
Lampard (pen), Bent
Bulgaria 0 Switzerland 0 [0-0]
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija (9,600)
 
4 June 2011 
England 2 Switzerland 2 [1-2]
National Stadium, Wembley, London (84,459)
Lampard (pen), Young
Barnetto (2)
Montenegro 1 Bulgaria 1 [0-0]
Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica (11,500)
Djalović
Popov
2 September 2011 
Bulgaria 0 England 3 [0-3]
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija (36,521)
Cahill, Rooney (2)
Wales 2 Montenegro 1 [1-0]
Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith, Cardiff (17,500)
Morrison, Ramsey
Jovetić

6 September 2011 

Switzerland 3 Bulgaria 1 [1-1]
Sankt-Jakob Park, Sankt Jakob, Basel (30,000)
Shaqiri (3)
Popov
England 1 Wales 0 [1-0]
National Stadium, Wembley, London (77,128)
Young
7 October 2011 
 Wales 2 Switzerland 0 [0-0]
The
Liberty Stadium, Swansea (12,317)
Ramsey (pen), Bale
Montenegro 2 England 2 [1-2]
Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica (12,000)
Zverotić, Delibazić
Young, Bent
11 October 2011
Switzerland 2 Montenegro 0 [0-0]
Sankt-Jakob Park, Sankt Jakob, Basel
(19,997)
Derdiyok, Lichtsteiner
Bulgaria 0 Wales 1 [0-1]
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija
(1,672)
Bale
 
   
Background

Poland and Ukraine would host the European Championship finals in 2012 after UEFA surprisingly awarded them the tournament ahead of Italy and another joint bid from Hungary and Croatia yesterday.  Despite the Italian game being blighted by match fixing and crowd violence in the last year, Italy were favourites to be awarded the finals for the third time in their history.  Instead, UEFA has gambled by awarding the second largest football tournament in the world to two countries who have never previously hosted anything of this magnitude.  Earlier, their bid appeared to have been undermined on two fronts. FIFA had threatened to ban Poland from international competition after its government removed the country's football association from power in January following a scandal involving corrupt referees.  And the unstable political climate in Ukraine, with a presidential decree having dissolved parliament and called for a new election next month, had also raised doubts.  Italian delegates at Cardiff's City Hall, where UEFA president Michel Platini announced the decision, were stunned while the Polish and Ukrainian officials leapt and hugged each other in rapturous delight.

The draw took place at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 February 2010.  England and Wales and either Scotland or Northern Ireland could have been placed in the same group after Sunday's Euro 2012 qualifying draw.  England are in pot one with the top seeds, Wales are in pot four, Scotland and Northern Ireland are in pot three. 

Three groups will have a team from each of the first five pots. Six more groups will also have a team from pot six.  Holders Spain and Italy are also among the top seeds, as 51 teams battle to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine.  There are 14 places available alongside co-hosts Poland and Ukraine for the tournament, which runs between 8 June to 1 July.  The road to the finals kicks off in September.

Each team in the qualifying groups will play one another on a home and away basis, with matches taking place up to October 2011.  The nine group winners will automatically qualify for the tournament together with the runner-up with the best overall record against the teams finishing first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth in their group.  The eight other runners-up will then face play-offs over two legs in November 2011.

Poland and Ukraine will be only the third co-hosts of the European Championship, following in the footsteps of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2000 and Austria and Switzerland in 2008.

European Championship 2012 Preliminary Groups
Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E
A1 - Germany B1 - Russia C1 - Italy D1 - France E1 - Netherlands
A2 - Turkey B2 - Slovakia C2 - Serbia D2 - Romania E2 - Sweden
A3 - Austria B3 - Republic of Ireland C3 - Northern Ireland D3 - Bosnia-Herzegovina E3 - Finland
A4 - Belgium B4 - FYR Macedonia C4 - Slovenia D4 - Belarus E4 - Hungary
A5 - Kazakhstan B5 - Armenia (drawn into Group A) C5 - Estonia D5 - Albania E5 - Moldova
A6 - Azerbaijan B6 - Andorra C6 - Faroe Islands D6 - Luxembourg E6 - San Marino
Group F Group G Group H Group I  
F1 - Croatia G1 - England H1 - Portugal I1 - Spain
F2 - Greece G2 - Switzerland H2 - Denmark I2 - Czech Republic
F3 - Israel G3 - Bulgaria H3 - Norway I3 - Scotland
F4 - Latvia G4 - Wales H4 - Cyprus I4 - Lithuania
F5 - Georgia G5 - Montenegro H5 - Iceland I5 - Liechtenstein
F6 - Malta      
Final Tournament Venues and Matches 31 matches will be played during Euro 2012, with Ukraine hosting 16 matches and Poland 15.

Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw: 3 group matches including the opening match, quarter-final, and semi-final (5 matches in total).
Polska Grupa Energetyczna Arena, Gdańsk: 3 group matches and a quarter-final
Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu, Wrocław: 3 group matches.
Stadion Miejski, Poznań: 3 group matches

Natsional’nyî Sportyvnyî Kompleks, Pechersk, Kyiv: 3 group matches, quarter-final, semi-final, and final (6 matches in total)
Arena Lviv (to be renamed), Lviv: 3 group matches
Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist, Kharkiv: 3 group matches
Donbass Arena, Donets'ka oblast, Donetsk: 3 group matches and a quarter-final

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