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Portugal national team captain and Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he is of the opinion that England can do well at the Euro 2012. Portugal have been placed in the group containing the likes of Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. Hence, it is extremely tough for the four teams to qualify for the next round. Due to the fact that England are in the group containing only France as a major favourites, Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he expects the English to the a major force at this summer’s Euro 2012. He has also expressed his shock at the lack of Rio Ferdinand in the England squad for the Euro 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be one of the star performers at the Euro 2012, as he comes into the tournament having scored more than 50 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions for the season. He is also motivated by the fact that Real Madrid have won their first league title since his arrival in 2009. He will also have the motivation to perform well at the Euro 2012 having been well below his part at both the Euro 2004 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“I always expect England to win a big tournament. England have some of the best players in the world and are always tough opponents for any team. I hope England do well in the Euros because I have a lot of friends there. It is a country I like a lot. I expect big things for England, the new coach and the country,” said Ronaldo. A number of high profile players are being included in the Portuguese squad for the Euro 2012 including the likes of Nani from Manchester United and Raul Meireles from Chelsea. Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammates Pepe and Fabio Coentrao are also included.