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
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.”