Reported on: June 19, 2012 12:23 PM
Reported in: Sports
DONETSK, Ukraine, JUNE 19 (AP/UNB) - While England's European Championship expectations are rising, the unexpected early departures of the Netherlands and Russia have dampened any overconfidence for coach Roy Hodgson.
The Dutch followed their World Cup final appearance two years ago by losing all three Euro 2012 group stage matches, and Russia was ousted after losing to Greece despite being touted as a title contender.
While England entered Euro 2012 at a low ebb, a draw against France and a victory over Sweden have given Hodgson renewed belief about the team's prospects.
A draw is needed against Ukraine to reach the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Hodgson says "we believe we have done enough to go on, but Holland thought they could and Russia thought they could."