Arsène Wenger: England not good enough to win Euro 2012

Arsenal manager says Spain, Germany and Holland are favourites going into next summer's tournament

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
arsene wenger
Wenger does not believe England have enough quality to win Euro 2012 PA Photos

arsene wenger

Arsène Wenger does not believe England have enough quality to win Euro 2012 – but the Frenchman admits Fabio Capello’s side could still cause an upset in Poland and Ukraine.

England beat Spain in Saturday’s friendly at Wembley, however the Arsenal manager is convinced that world and European champions, along with Germany and Holland, will be the favourites going into next summer’s tournament, with Capello’s side an “interesting outsider”.

“I would place England and France at roughly the same level,” said Wenger. “They cannot say that they have the quality to win Euro 2012, but if it all clicks well in their preparation and the form of their best players, they might make a good surprise.

“You would say it’s between Spain, Germany and Holland, and then just behind them are England and France who can be outsiders – interesting outsiders. Let’s wait and see the draw, and see who is available and in form.”

Wenger also believes that unrealistically high expectations have hindered England at major tournaments in the past.

“England [are] always under pressure,” he continued. “The expectation level is so high in England that it always puts extra pressure on the team.

“So let’s just say that England are a good team, because they have good players. But let’s not make England a favourite to win Euro 2012. Let’s give them credit, support and hopefully we will have a good surprise for once.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
ATP World Tour Awards: Federer and Nadal continue 2017 rivalry into end-of-year player awards
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Gary Neville sends blunt message to Jurgen Klopp about Liverpool FC defence
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger hails ‘exceptional’ Arsenal star: He’s agile, quick and intelligent
The Sport Review
Owen Hargreaves sends warning to Man United about Victor Lindelof