"Is it just me or has Scott Parker stepped straight out of a Morrissey album? English grit and grin, Tough-boy rockabilly good looks and at times the implied greasy twirl of a pompadour, crawling on all fours defending goal mouth scrapes with his head, blocking hard-hit crosses with his face and falling dramatically to his knees like a stunned boxer, the west ham connection... the endless hustle and the air of working class glamour."
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sahatuuu writes: "According to the Scotsman last night, 73% of respondents want Ingurrland to lose."
You mean a quarter of Scottish respondents want England to win? I'm staggered. It's probably only so they can deride them as fake champs for somehow sneaking past Croatia and Portugal without playing them. On that note I will say my farewells, thank you for the questions and apologies to anyone I didn't get round to answering. Come on you fake champs...!
diddoit clarifies: "Just to be clear, I'd like England to win . But to win taking on all comers with no fear whatsoever. Better to lose fair and square , than be derided as fake champs who only won because they avoided so called technically gifted sides, surely?"
If England win this, and I am not saying they will, they will have to beat Italy, Germany and probably Spain. I doubt if anyone would then be calling them fake champs.
bigtoes is unimpressed: "This is all wasteful speculation. England will not win the tournament. I'm amazed that a lot of the blogger's on here actually believe they may 'pull it off'. Have you actually been watching the England games? The biggest challenge they have had thus far is from a mediocre French side that pegged them in their own half for most of the game."
All speculation is wasteful. Doesn't stop it though, does it? And who actually said that England would win the tournament? If they do, getting past Italy, Germany and probably Spain, it will be some achievement!
Fernau asks: "How large a role does physical endurance/fitness play in a tournament like Euro 2012 and is England one of the teams that will profit from it?"
Supposedly a large one. England are usually the ones complaining of being tired at tournaments, and there is some support for the theory that English domestic seasons are more draining than most. But everyone is tired to a degree, it is about how you deal with it. The Greeks yesterday were talking about feeling dead on their feet but putting it out of their minds against Russia. It seems that when an important result is in sight you can play through tiredness, although I wouldn't say England have been particularly good at doing that in recent years. But in this tournament it is Italy who have been complaining about tiredness and lack of energy. Cesare Prandelli has admitted his team have a problem beacuse they seems to fade badly about an hour into a game. Here's hoping...
diddoit asks: "You think England would like to 'fluke' or 'sneak' their way to stealing the title? A title that'll then be derided as only won because of who they avoided? Can't see a German / Spanish et al press boasting about how they avoided anyone - i.e., imbued with a losers mentality."
No, you clearly think that. I just said Italy were not the worst q/f option.
snozmusket asks: "Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal are all playing well. Their economies are wobbling and they are playing to give their fans something to cheer about. Do they want it more than England, who (as far as I can tell from Sydney) are not quite as motivated?"
So England's economy is not wobbling then? First I've heard of it. I think the Greeks, in particular, have taken the opportunity to dedicate their success out here to the hard-pressed folk at home, but I doubt if the quality of Spain and Portugal has much to do with their debt issues. England have not struck me as lacking motivation. They did at the last two tournaments, but they seem to have rediscovered their appetite and enthusiasm for this one.
jaznh asks: "So Portugal are way ahead of England, I think most would have to agree; where does that put England in the last eight teams of the tournament?"
In the last eight, that's where. Exactly where they wanted to be. The usual rule of thumb insists that they now go out to the first decent team they meet, which will be Italy, but tournaments offer a chance to rewrite history. Ask Holland or Russia. England might go out, they are not favourites, but they are one great performance away from the last four. It could happen.
fallentower asks: "Did England get doubly lucky avoiding not just Spain in the quarter-final but (probably) also Portugal in the semi? I think England have more chance against Germany than against Portugal's lethal counter-attacks; what's your take?"
Yes, I think England did well to avoid Spain, Portugal and Croatia. Italy represents best quarter-final option, even though England don't usually beat Italy in tournaments. I'm fairly hopeful this England team will at least give it a go, Hodgson seems to have instilled a relaxed confidence, and after the misery of the last world cup that seems a real achievement.
nivlek47 asks: "Ronaldo has a free role to do what he likes with Portugal. Hodgson has given this role to Glen Johnson. Why does he never play or stay in his position? Ashley Cole can be an attacking full-back who also holds his position and can defend. Why can't Johnson? Poor James Milner doesn't know what to do with him with Johnson going here, there and everywhere. I'm a City fan and Micah should have gone, but I'd rather see Phil Jones play, than Johnson. Your views?"
I don't see why anyone would prefer Jones over Johnson as a right back. Richards yes, but that ship has sailed. Even though England are doing reasonably well it seems a lot of people want to scapegoat someone already. Johnson and Milner both getting criticised.
ThomasAdorno asks: "Which keeper do you think has had the most assured tournament so far, and more broadly who do you rate as the best current stopper in world football? I think Joe Hart might actually have a strong claim on both..."
Not sure about that. Not yet. Joe Hart is doing all right but he is not right at the top of the tree. Not sure who is, actually. I haven't seen a great deal of goalkeeping heroics at this tournament. Seen Buffon twice but he hardly had anything to do against Croatia and Ireland. So Iker Casillas, I suppose.
nigelcs asks: "Hi Paul. If you are the Dutch FA, should you worried about the national team or was this tournament just a 'blip on the radar?'"
Probably a blip, someone decent had to go out of the group of death. I would be worried if I were Bert van Marwijk though, because I'm not sure he put his most effective team out. Too many defensive midfielders, not enough goalscoring forwards, and too much of Arjen Robben doing his own thing.
jacktatum on England's captain: "So far Gerrard has supplied a beautiful cross for a goal in each England game and played very well. Can he continue? He seems to have been given more space - or found more space - in this England line-up than before. Is it the lack of Lampard? Is it the responsbility of being captain? Or something else?"
It could be the lack of Lampard, or it could simply be that he is fully fit for a change and with a clear idea of the role he is supposed to be playing. Let's hope he can continue. he seems to be enjoying himself.
thisismetypinganame asks: "I see England have started extra penalty training before the Italy game. Is it hubris to think they'll even get to penalties?"
No it's not hubris. It would be plain silly not to practice penalties when you reach the knockout stage. What is the alternative? Going into the match assuming it is bound to be resolved inside 90 or 120 minutes?
oceans111 asks: "How meaningful is [the fact Portugal reached the final in 2004]? I mean how can you deduce anything from their performance EIGHT years ago? Very few players (including Ronaldo, granted) from the 2004 Portugal side are still in the team today. "On the Portugal / England comparisons,
It's meaningful in the sense that Portugal were being compared to England, who haven't reached a final since 1966, even when the EC were held in their own country.
from Dirtyboots: "I have been alarmed at the demise of Parker this tournament. As we have moved through the 3 games he has looked spent ealier and earlier in each game. Against Ukraine within 30 minutes he was absurdly ploddy and struggled to get goal side on several of occasions. We just can't afford that deficiency in the middle of the park. According to OPTA stats Milner is covering more ground and arguably working harder than anyone, is there merit in putting him in the middle with Gerrard? This would also enable us to exploit the talents of Ox-C or Walcott out on the right. I like Parker but he is shot."Another England question
I hope he is not. Shot, that is. I think Parker has been extremely good for the England team and plays an important role. Even if he is only 70% fit I think he does better than anyone else in that role. He may well end up shot - not an ideal expression - at the end of the tournament, but he won't be the only one.
jaktonat lays down the gauntlet: "Paul , Right no messing about - No journalistic licence , or fence sitting , One word will suffice,[ or perhaps 2 depending on your answer ] Who will win tonight ?"
melb1 adds: "As per SanPaolo, I do have this feeling that England have been flattered by the generally poor quality of opposition and they'll get found out against Italy - hopefully not but I think so."
There is that possibility. England haven't really played anyone yet, although they looked OK against France. Italy are opponents that normally scare England - we have tended to give them too much respect over the years and paid the price. But this Italy team is not hitting any heights at the moment. Italians themselves are willing to admit there is plenty of room for improvement. So it all depends on the confidence England can take into the game.
from Luke18: "Germany proved how effective focusing on stopping Ronaldo can be, even if they didn't, manage it at all times, Holland proved how dangerous it is to underestimate him or mabe he just played better. How do you reckon the Czech Republic will approach stopping him? Or is there a chance that the confidence of the last performance will turn him in to the player of the tournament and he wil be unstoppable?"A question
Good question, but I think you may have answered it already. A Cristiano Ronaldo full of confidence could easily be both unstoppable and the player of the tournament. Then he would have something over L.Messi, wouldn't he?
Torresdelbabel asks: "Who are the respective host nation fans getting behind? Does the fact that England knocked out Ukraine, the goal that never was, the govt boycott and that they have been based in Poland despite playing no matches there mean neutrals will be supporting Italy on Sunday? And do we stand to benefit from home support in Warsaw should we play Germany on Wednesday?"
If England play Germany in Warsaw I think they will pick up a lot of neutral support in Poland. I would imagine neutrals in Ukraine would be behind Italy, yes. But I don't think it will matter much regarding the outcomes of the matches.
garsidepotter asks: "Do you have any explanation for England's inability to pass the ball even to league one standards? Is it the product of a generally defensive attitude, or the absence of training sessions devoted to keeping one's shape in attack?"
There's no pleasing some people is there? England must be doing something right, they are in the last eight and have scored two of the goals of the tournament. I daresay the passing could be better, but let's not pretend we are Spain.
SanPaolo asks: "Do you think if Italy revert to three at the back and play to potential that England could be in for a pasting? They seemed to give up so many chances and look so uncertain on the ball in the group stages."
I don't think Italy will give anyone a pasting at this tournament. I've seen them twice and they have been hesitant in front of goal and short of energy in the second half. If they were going to give anyone a pasting it would have been Ireland, because more goals would have come in handy. They are capable of beating England, of course, but I don't see it being one-sided.
from melb1: "Portugal are also in a similar situation to England in that they have had the players previously (ala golden generation) to threaten to win something but they've fallen short and maybe it's now or never."More on the Portugal / England comparison
Let's not talk about golden generations, shall we. Portugal did fall short in Euro 04 but only just short. They dod not fall as short as England have kept falling. And I don't see why it's now or never for Portugal, they seem capable of growing stronger.
"Are England of a similar standing as Portugal this tournament? One real star in the team (hopefully Rooney grows into the tournament) surrounded by players with seemingly more togetherness than in recent years despite other nations having superior individual quality."
Short - no, I'd say Portugal are a way ahead of England. Don't forget they reached the final eight years ago, and they are not just a one man team either. Far from it. And if Rooney is the star of the England team, he has yet to prove it in this tournament. So far it has been Gerrard.
BluMoon kicks things off with this question: "Considering how badly the Czechs fared against Dzagoev and Arshavin, will tonight - against Ronaldo et al - prove similarly one-sided? Of the four quarter-finals, it seems only the England-Italy fixture doesn't have a significantly stronger team."
Blu - It would seem that way, wouldn't it? I get the idea that the Czechs are quite surprised to have come this far, whereas Portugal are determined to make a bold statement. It could be quite one-sided, but you never know, this tournament has been full of surprises.
There's possibly not that much to choose between France and Spain either. It does not necessarily follow that France will be as bad as they were against Sweden. In a knockout situation they could gave Spain a game.
Good morning. Paul Wilson will be joining us from 11am BST to answer your questions both on tonight's quarter-final between Czech Republic and Portugal and the wider Euro 2012 tournament. Post your questions for him in the comments section below.