Kent students cheer on England
Students at the University of Kent cheered on England as Roy Hodgon's team played its first game against France in the Euro 2012 tournament this afternoon.
The local university bar 'Coopers' at the Medway campus was filled with students who gathered there to watch the game.
"The expectations have been very low, but that can work to England's advantage", 22-year old Bill Soar said. "I believe we can make it to the semi finals as long as we avoid Germany or Spain".
Abdul Mamsa, 20, has also been impressed with the current England team. "Our defence is very good and the team looks disciplined too", he said.
"It's refreshing they put new talent in the team", 28-year old Rachel Dines added. "But I do think the team will be compromised because of this. The expertise of players like Rio Ferdinand will be missed."
However, 18-year old Declan Olley believes the Ferdinand matter should no longer be talked about. "It's a boring issue." He thinks new manager Roy Hodgson will do a good job.
"Everybody talked about getting Harry Redknapp as England manager, but I think Roy Hodgson is a better choice. Redknapp doesn't know very much about the European teams. Hodgson is very good strategically and very hands on", he said.
Despite the optimistic mood in the Coopers bar, not many students think England will make it to the final of Euro 2012.
Rachel Dines: "It would be lovely if England would win the tournament, but I don't think it will happen."