UEFA EURO 2012 – France

The two-time champions last won the competition in 2000 courtesy of David Trezeguet’s extra-time golden goal against Italy, but they failed to progress past the Group Stage in 2008.

Manager Laurent Blanc will lead a France side at a major international tournament for the first time, having guided Les Bleus to top spot in qualifying Group D.

France endured a bitterly disappointing 2010 World Cup in South Africa, finishing bottom of their group with just one point from three matches.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 1 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 90
Total International Apps (Goals) – 4 (0)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – England

England were comfortable winners of their qualifying group, topping Group G by six points ahead of Montenegro.

The Three Lions have never won a European Championship and failed to qualify for the tournament in 2008 under the stewardship of Steve McClaren.

Their tournament opener on June 11 will be Roy Hodgson’s first competititve fixture in charge.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action for England

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 3 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 80
Total International Apps (Goals) – 5 (0)

UEFA EURO 2012 - Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 4 (1)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 101
Total International Apps (Goals) – 28 (4)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Netherlands

The Dutch won nine of their 10 qualifying matches to top the group, losing their final match against Sweden to miss out on a 100 per cent record.

They were knocked out at the quarter-final stage in Euro 2008 by surprise package Russia thanks largely to an inspired display from Andrey Arshavin.

Holland have won the competition once – in 1988 when they beat the Soviet Union in a match best remembered for Marco van Basten’s stunning volley.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 3 (1)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 270
Total International Apps (Goals) – 68 (29)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Germany

Germany are historically the most successful team in the European Championships having won the competition three times.

They finished runners-up in 2008, losing to Spain in the final. Germany last won the competition in 1996, beating the Czech Republic having seen off England on penalties in the semi-finals.

Germany finished top of their qualifying group with a 100 per cent record – the only side to do so.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 3 (1)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 241
Total International Apps (Goals) – 100 (44)

UEFA EURO 2012 - Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 0 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 0
Total International Apps (Goals) – 81 (1)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Czech Republic

This is only the Czech Republic’s fifth appearance at the European Championships but they have never failed to qualify since their independence.

They reached the semi-finals in 2004 before being knocked out by surprise winners Greece in extra time. The Czechs went one better in 1996, ending as runners-up behind Germany.

They finished second in their most recent qualifying group behind Spain but overcame Montenegro in their play-off to reach the finals.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Tomas Rosicky

Tomas Rosicky
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 2 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 135
Total International Apps (Goals) – 87 (20)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Poland

Poland are hosting the competition for the first time alongside Ukraine – the third occasion the European Championship has had co-hosts.

They have qualified only once previously but failed to progress past the group stage in 2008.

As hosts, Poland did not need to qualify.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 1 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 69
Total International Apps (Goals) – 11 (0)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Denmark

Denmark’s solitary major tournament victory came in the 1992 European Championships after they swept aside Germany in the final.

They finished top of their qualifying group to qualify for this tournament, two points above Portugal with just one defeat to their name.

Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2008 but reached the quarter-finals in their last appearance in 2004.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 3 (2)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 270
Total International Apps (Goals) – 51 (20)

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UEFA EURO 2012 – Russia

Russia finished top of their qualifying group ahead of the Republic of Ireland to secure automatic qualification for the tournament.

They upset the odds at Euro 2008 by reaching the semi-finals, where they bowed out to eventual winners Spain.

Andrey Arshavin was named in UEFA’s squad for the tournament, despite missing the first two matches through suspension. He scored twice and picked up two assists.

UEFA EURO 2012 - Andrey Arshavin

Andrey Arshavin
UEFA EURO 2012 Apps (Goals) – 3 (0)
UEFA EURO 2012 Total Minutes on Pitch – 270
Total International Apps (Goals) – 74 (17)

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