FORMER England manager Kevin Keegan has told the Bridlington Free Press he expects England to beat Sweden 2-0 tonight.
Keegan is on the East coast because he is one of the speakers at the prestigious Yorkshire International Business Convention at Bridlington Spa.
His conference speech was all about how people can have as much of an impact on your career as qualifications, but he took time out to discuss football.
Keegan, who also managed Manchester City and Newcastle United, said: “Sweden will be a tough game, but it’s one you would be able to step up and win. “Sweden are not in the same class as France so you have got to believe we can get a result.”
Having drawn their opening encounter with the French, England could take a giant step towards qualifying if they beat their Scandanavian opponents tonight.
“Four points might not qualify you, but it would mean a draw against Ukraine would probably be enough. And even a draw tonight wouldn’t be a disaster.”
As for England’s chances of bringing the Euro2012 trophy back home, Keegan was less optimistic.
“I’m like everybody else. It is unrealistic to think England are definitely going to win it.
“But a win tonight will build confidence and we have seen before in the European Championships, when Denmark and Greece won it, that there is always a chance.”
He admitted he wouldn’t swap places with current boss Roy Hodgson, but did say he would have chosen Rio Ferdinand to be part of his squad for the tournament.
Read more about his thoughts on Euro 2012 and on his visit to Bridlington in Thursday’s Bridlington Free Press.