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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After a 1-0 victory over Ukraine last night, England qualified for the knock-out stage of Euro 2012 at the top of Group D.
With the campaign initially attracting little of the typical Barmy Army ambition, we asked the people of Norwich whether the win for Roy Hodgson’s men showed that they have the ability to go all the way.
The positives of Tuesday night, however, seem to have not changed the mind of the Norfolk public.
Speaking to 20 people in the city centre, 14 (70pc) said they still doubted the national side’s ability to win, with the general consensus being that the semi-finals were as far as England could hope to go in this tournament.
The remaining six (30pc) said they think Roy Hodgson’s men could go on to win the tournament.
Kathleen Smith, a 35-year-old school worker from Lakenham, was wary of the country’s chances.
She said “If they do win then lady luck will be on their side!”
She also had some less than encouraging words about the return of England’s talismanic striker, Wayne Rooney. “Rooney coming back wont help,” she said. “The fresh blood needs more of a chance.”
Harry Nelmes, a 17-year-old student from Banham, thinks England have a chance after last night.
He said: “Hopefully we can go on and win.”
Despite this ambitious outlook, he too had mixed views about England’s goal scorer.
He said: “Rooney coming back was both good and bad. He is a class player, but we had a winning team without him.”
The team plays Italy on Sunday in the quarter-finals.