Euro 2012: 8 Players to Look Out for Tonight

One of the most anticipated games in this Euros Quarter-Final, showing two great teams and two group of fans with various different opinions regarding their break out to the quarterfinals.

And so, here are eight players to watch, which we will analyze when England and Italy meet tonight. Enjoy.

Joe Hart

Taken from The Guardian

At 25, Joe has no weak points in his game and perhaps the only thing he lacks at the moment is experience, but he is gaining it. He has everything it takes to remain as England’s No.1 for many years.

For tonight’s match, it would be interesting to see ‘Flying Joe Hart’ keeping his net clean and with no goals conceded. With his pal Joleon Lescott and former skipper John Terry infront of him, he has got something to guarantee his own net would be safe.

Gianluigi Buffon

Taken from the Daily Mirror

What do you want to expect more from a goalie like him? He has won almost everything in football, as well as being named by Pele to become one of the greatest living footballers in the world. As the Italian skipper, Buffon has been someone who I’ve admired very much.

Just like yesterday, tonight’s match up between the goalkeepers will be between a senior vs a junior, with their talent and ability unquestioned and undoubted. It should be an interesting encounter.

Ashley Cole

Taken from The Telegraph

One of the best attacking left backs in the world. Ashley (or as I refer to him, Cashley) has been performed consistently all the way England fought in group stages.

So fast and dangerous going forward, it’s like having another left-winger to deal with. Personally, I like to see a defender to play football, but Ashley can defend too. I’ve seen him beat much taller players in the air. 

Certainly worth watching him against Mario Balotelli tonight.

Daniele De Rossi

Taken from Sports Arena

With the absence of Chiellini, some say Cesare Prandelli will again push De Rossi to become a central defender and use the back three to reduce England attacking threats.

In the first two match, notably from the clash with Spain’s side, De Rossi was able to do the job well and he excelled in that role.

De Rossi’s technique and vision was good, so he would make the game look easy when he’s in control of the ball, and watch out how good he will be when going forward. 

I have a feeling De Rossi will suprise everyone tonight.

Steven Gerrard

Taken from The Borneo Post

Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league? Yeah, of course not, but it would be nice to see him lift the European trophy as a skipper. He deserves it, right?

Gerrard has provided three assists to his teammates in the group stage and won two man of the match awards so far. And just don’t forget on this one, Stevie G alongside with Scott Parker’s partnership in the central midfield is class. 

He’ll be key to England’s success if they want to end the game with a smile on their face.

I believe Gerrard makes England 25 percent stronger than they are, usually.

Andrea Pirlo

Taken from Daily Theme

“If they got Gerrard, we have Pirlo.” Those words certainly would refer to the Italian fans proud of their regista.

Undoubtedly still at his best at the age of 33, Pirlo will suprise England back four with his trademark long passing, vision, awareness, and indeed his set-piece taking.

Every team needs an artist and if Roberto Mancini was once their best playmaker, I think it’s fair enough to count Pirlo as Mancini’s successor.

Theo Walcott

Taken from The Telegraph

Very difficult not to put him on the list. While some would argue Theo’s performance should have earned him in a starting line-up, I think he is at his best when he comes in as a substitute especially when it with a national side not known for its pace in Italy, Walcott’s speed will be lethal. 

Would be fun to see when Theo comes from the bench and tears the opponent’s defence.

Mario Balotelli

Taken from The Telegraph

Forget about his immature attitude first when you read this. No matter what, Mario is a great footballer (who’s with me?)

We have to regarded him as a promising player to come (still at 21). And if just he could be quiter and stop acting ridiculously, he’d be perfect! Who’s with me again?

Well, whatever Balotelli does tonight, it will probably be memorable (if not nasty).

That is all I can give to you folks. And while England have a small squad, they got a strong group of players. 

They definitely are a threat when it comes to attacking. So I really hope England would win this one and go through to the semifinals. Finger-crossed.

Thank you for reading and take care. Cheers.

Written by Jason Leonardo
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