Sunday, June 10, 2012

Larsson relishing Euro test

Sweden’s Sebastien Larsson says he is happy to play in any position at this month’s Euro 2012 tournament.

The Scandinavian outfit’s group-stage campaign kicks off on Monday when they face co-hosts Ukraine.

On paper, the Swedes have the edge on their Eastern European opponents but, with a big crowd behind then, Ukraine will fancy their chances of staging an upset.

Larsson, however, is just focusing on his own role within the team.

"Obviously, I'm more used to playing on the right. But if I play on the left it's easier to come into the middle and have a few shots of my own,” said the Sunderland man, who made his Sweden debut in 2008 and has since earned 41 caps.

"As long as you get to play, you're happy.”

Sweden are fancied by most to overcome Ukraine in the opening fixture, but most of the early Sweden v England betting suggests that the team may come unstuck in their second match.

The Swedes have a strong record against the Three Lions, though it will take a big effort from Larsson and his team-mates to prevent Roy Hodgson’s men from picking up a vital three points.

Elsewhere in the second round of group matches, there is a mouth-watering clash in store between two of European football’s dominant forces.

Unsurprisingly, most of the early Netherlands v Germany betting tips are predicting a win for Joachim Loew’s men, following his side’s victory over Portugal on Saturday.

The Dutch were defeated in surprising circumstances by Denmark, and will be desperate to get their campaign back on track.

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