'England will struggle to get out of Group D' - Robbie Fowler

The former Liverpool and England striker says he would have preferred Harry Redknapp to lead the team at Euro 2012 and fears Wayne Rooney's absence may cost the Three Lions dear
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has tipped France to beat England Monday night, and admitted he felt Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp would have been a better fit to lead the squad this summer.

The Merseyside legend, who made eight appearances for the national side, also feared the Three Lions will struggle for goals without Wayne Rooney to lead the attack.

“Being honest with you, Roy Hodgson wasn't my choice for England manger," he told Paddypower.com.

"I wanted Harry Redknapp, like about 80 per cent of the English public. But Hodgson is there now and we're all going to get behind him.

"On paper, the squad doesn't look so bad, but we all know good and well that paper teams don't win tournaments,” he said.

“It was good to see Danny Welbeck scoring against Belgium. That will give him much-needed confidence and that's everything for a striker.

“Any tournament we go into, England are one of the favourites, whether you like that or not. It's the way it is. If the players keep putting themselves down, saying there's not a lot expected, that's only good for them. The public thinks they'll still do well. For me, they'll struggle.

“Scoring goals without Wayne Rooney for the first two games could be England's big problem. Welbeck is not prolific.

"Andy Carroll is not prolific either. He finished the season superbly and was a handful for Chelsea in the FA Cup final. But missing Rooney, who is by far England's best player, they are going to struggle.

“Rooney is the man to score the goals. His form for Manchester United was good. He is banned of course, for the first two games, but he's rightly in the squad because England expects to progress through the group.

"It kills me to say it, but England will struggle to get out of this group. France will win the group. England will have a fight to finish second.

“As for tonight, it’s a huge game. The French team look strong all over the pitch. The England team have a lot of injuries. To beat France every England player needs to be on top of his game. I’d settle for a draw. But I’m thinking 1-0, or 2-0 to France.”

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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