England can overcome injuries and setbacks says skipper Gerrard

Limbering up: England's Ashley Young (centre) with team mates during a training session at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk ahead of tonight's Euro opener against France. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Limbering up: England's Ashley Young (centre) with team mates during a training session at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk ahead of tonight's Euro opener against France. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

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Captain Steven Gerrard has challenged England to overcome the loss of several key players when they launch their Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donetsk tomorrow evening.

Head coach Roy Hodgson is relieved to have a clean bill of health amongst the players left at his disposal with James Milner (heel) and Martin Kelly (illness) available.

Bu Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Gary Cahill will be missing from the tournament through injury while Wayne Rooney is suspended for the opening two games.

Gerrard said: “People say there is less pressure because of the injuries but what we’ve got to do as players is share the responsibility around the group. Any squad would miss the likes of Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, Gary Cahill but you have to cope.

“Other squads are suffering similar things. You have to cope and get on with it and we’re really confident we can do well in this competition.”

England face the French and Sweden before Rooney is available for the final group game against Ukraine after his red card against Montenegro in a qualifier.