Cole insists England cannot win Euro 2012

Former England international Andy Cole has dismissed talk of England’s European Championship title bid this summer, saying England’s injuries mean nothing as they had ‘no chance beforehand’, reports

Roy Hodgson’s men are relatively expectation free as they enter the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. But Andy Cole, who appeared for England on 15 occasions though only scored one international goal has downplayed England’s hopes this summer and suggested that Spain are the most likely winners again this year.

Cole said: ‘England have many injuries but I did not think that they had much chance beforehand anyway… I didn’t think they could win it’.

England go into their first game against France on Monday with several notable absentees after injuries to Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry and John Ruddy have dented Roy Hodgson’s plans and forced the call up of inexperienced players such as Jack Butland and Jordan Henderson.

Cole continued: “They have a new coach and he has to change things, and I think that he will change things. But maybe this tournament comes a little too soon for them in that regard. There are better teams in Europe.”

England will have all members of their current squad available for the clash against France, apart from the suspended Wayne Rooney. Injury doubts over defenders John Terry, and left-back Ashley Cole, have cleared over the course of Friday.

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