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Megan Harris: Organised England impressed me, but my best hope is semi-finals

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 15, 2012

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For me 2012 is all about a summer of sport, and the momentum is really starting to gather.

The symbolic red clay of Roland Garros, has now been phased out and replaced by what is known in my parents' house as the 'green screen', with the 5pm to 10pm viewing slot fully monopolised by the Euros.

Now, as patriotic as I am, unfortunately I see British success only coming to us in the form of Olympic medals this summer.

I fear the England lads will mirror the path of Murray, flirting with the semis, but pipped in the quarters.

Having said that Roy Hodgson has definitely got them very well organised and hard to beat with two clear banks of four, but for me unless they start to get a little braver and maintain possession I don't think they can compete with the top teams. Lets all hope they prove me wrong!

The first round of games has seen a little bit of everything; crazy red cards (Greece) an upset (Denmark) a dark horse (Russia) and a fairytale (Ukraine and Shevchenko).

Let see if Spain's no striker formation can prevail or indeed if Ireland will actually show up, whatever the case it will prove to be an interesting couple of weeks.

We managed to lay the Doncaster demons to rest with our 3-2 defeat of Liverpool.

It wasn't the most straightforward passage to three points, especially with a Gary Neville/ Paul Robinson-esq bobble opening the scoring for Liverpool.

It was a harsh way to concede especially as we had dominated possession, but we showed our character and bounced back, which is what we had talked about all week.

A couple of special mentions, firstly to our very own set piece specialist Lucy Staniforth whose pinpoint corners assisted all three of our goals and enable me to claim my third of the season.

Secondly to Martha, who made her first appearance of the season and made me a very proud big sister as she looked lively and caused problems in the Liverpool defence.

ESPN took over my parents' home this week to do a special Harris family feature. I guess it isn't very often you have a football manager, two first team players, a reserve team player, a boy's centre of excellence player and not forgetting an avid zumba goer all under one roof.

Martha and I did our very best master chef impression in front of the cameras before my dad and I sat down to look through my old scrapbook and reminisce over the last 17 years of Lincoln Ladies and some interesting hair cuts.

Finally, Casey Stoney and Sophie Bradley have gone away with the England seniors for two massive European qualifying games.

The first ,a must-win game against Holland on Sunday, which for the first ever time will be shown live on BBC2. It's a 5pm kick-off and well worth a watch as Casey will be leading out the Lionesses for the first time as the official England captain. Good luck ladies!

Final thoughts – Martha and I aren't too bad a chef/sous chef combination although presentation needs some work. Pre-tournament predictions have room for improvement and 90s fashion never needs to make a come back.

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