SOME Chesterfield connections have been making their predictions for who’ll rise to the top in Poland and Ukraine, as well as having their say on Roy Hodgson’s England.
Chief Executive Chris Turner, fresh from signing Doncaster defender Sam Hird, predicts: “For me it’s Spain to win and Germany to go close with Holland not far behind.
“England have, in my opinion, the best chance to do well in recent times. Why? Because Roy Hodgson will have them organised and working hard out of possession. The pressure is off them and the English are dangerous when there’s no pressure on them.”
On more domestic matters, Turner has indicated Belgian Franck Moussa will be approached, though Spireites feel he will have offers from clubs in the Championship.
First year professional Jack Waddle, who wasn’t born when Dad Chris played in the infamous 1990 World Cup semi-final, fancies the Dutch. He forecasts: “Holland to win it because Spain will be tired. They’ve played a lot of football and haven’t really had a break in the last couple of years. Holland were so close at the World Cup so I think they will learn from that.”
He concluded: “England will only win it if they have a lot of luck and it doesn’t go right for other teams. They need to play for each other under Roy Hodgson but it’s only a very slim chance for them to get near to winning it.”
Three times Player of the Year Tommy Lee says: “To win the tournament, I don’t think you can look past the Spanish again. The best squad who play the best football. But as an outside shot, I think the French may surprise a few. They have a good manager with a lot to prove after their last major tournament failure.
“As for England, I hope we can get out of the group and then I think from there anything else is a bonus.”
Another keeper, now Coach, Mark Crossley agrees, saying: “My money’s on the obvious choice, Spain, who have quality in all areas. My second choice is Germany, who are always very strong and organised with quality too.”