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The end of Euro 2012: Roy's road to Rio

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As the world and his wife reflects on England’s exit from Euro 2012, we consider the steps Roy Hodgson must take to ensure a successful qualifying campaign for their next major test: the 2014 World Cup in Brazil...

1. Retain the humility
Hodgson took the England job a full five minutes before the start of Euro 2012, but in his short reign he has managed to coax a degree of humility out of a group of players well used to being overindulged and ridiculously overpaid at club level.

The end of Euro 2012: England's hits and misses

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The men who impressed, and very much failed to, at Euro 2012...

Danny Welbeck
Far from the finished article, but Welbeck led the line impressively against France, scored a brilliant winner against Sweden and occasionally combined well with Rooney. Shouldn't have been taken off against Italy, and looks to have a future at international level.

Germany v Greece: the likely line-ups

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Euro 2012 quarter finals: Germany v Greece

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Friday June 22,
Arena Gdansk, Gdansk, BBC One 7.45pm

Sometimes sport throws up delicious twists. The fact that Greece face their great Eurozone creditors Germany gives this tie extra resonance, but in purely football terms, the game looks as imbalanced as the cash disparity between the two nations.

Spain v France: the likely line-ups

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Euro 2012 quarter finals: Spain v France

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Saturday June 23,
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, ITV 1 7.45pm

England v Italy: the likely line-ups

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Euro 2012 quarter finals: England v Italy

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Sunday June 24,
Olympic Stadium, Kiev, BBC 1 7.45pm

Still in there fighting …sort of. England weren't exactly convincing against the mighty Ukraine, but they have made it to the last eight as group winners. And yes, you read that correctly.

Young guns: hit or miss

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Plenty of young talent came into Euro 2012 to a backdrop of hype, but who has fulfilled expectations and who has flopped?

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Hit: Alan Dzagoev (Russia)
Russia are home early, but little blame is attached to their rising star, who turned 22 this month. Billed pre-tournament as the best (or rather ‘only’) young Russian in an ageing squad, the CSKA Moscow midfielder caught the eye with his penetrating runs and trio of goals.

Rugby League: England v The Exiles

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Saturday June 16
Langtree Park, St Helens
Sky Sports 2 6.45pm

It’s ‘mate v mate’ as rugby league’s 2012 International Origin Series gets under way on Saturday, with England taking on the Exiles at Langtree Park, St Helens.

The concept of the national team pitting themselves against the best Australian, New Zealand and South Sea Island players in the Stobart Super League was born last year with a one-off game. The Exiles won that one 16-12, thanks to a last-gasp try from Wigan’s George Carmon.

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