Sub standard will be raised by Andy Carroll against Ukraine

Nine of the goals at Euro 2012 have been scored by substitutes


Every report that The Spoiler, a committed reader and copier of proper journalists’ opinions, has examined about tonight’s England versus Ukraine game has stated that Danny Welbeck will start ahead of Andy Carroll.

So why is it that the AC is more fancied to breeze through the co-hosts’ leaky defence than the less muscular match-winner against Sweden, whose fancy flick is believed to have sealed him a spot alongside club bud Wayne Rooney?

Well, it is fairly certain that Roy Hodgson will attempt to cushion the blow of dragging Carroll out of the starting line-up in favour of a superior model by affording him a reasonably substantial a second-half cameo.

And as last night’s antics, with Jesus Navas and Mario Balotelli both catapulted off the bench into positions where they were able to score last goals for Spain and Italy, showed, a quarter of an hour or two is enough to make an impact.

A substitute was of course responsible for England’s recovery against Sweden, Theo Walcott scoring one and creating another.

And with 75% of the strikes in Group D coming in the second half – 90% if you pretend England’s draw with France right at the start didn’t happen – the stage is set for Carroll to lunge to their rescue.

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