TEAMtalk columnist Danny Mills is out in Poland at Euro 2012 and has given us his thoughts on Friday's opening games and the Rio Ferdinand row.
I'm currently out in Poland for the Euros, but I'll be keeping a diary to keep you bang up to speed with the inside track at the tournament.
Ferdinand issue won't go away
This has dragged on far too long, and I just wish someone would come out and say exactly what the situation is between Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson.
We are all a little bit in the dark, and certain people aren't telling the whole truth about exactly what has gone on. We don't know what the conversation was between Roy and Rio, and we don't know what Rio's replies were.
Let me play devil's advocate; did Rio Ferdinand say that he didn't want to play alongside John Terry, and if he wasn't going to play, then maybe he didn't want to be in the squad. We just don't know.
Roy Hodgson has maintained from the beginning that Rio was left out for footballing reasons, and we have to take his word for it. Maybe he has thought, 'Rio isn't going to be my first choice, Gary Cahill is, and if Rio is going to be there on the bench, with the underlying tone surrounding the whole issue, is it more hassle than it's worth to take Rio?'
Has Rio Ferdinand actually come and said he is happy to play alongside John Terry? Until I hear that, we all have to be a little sceptical.
However, Roy has said that the door is still open to Rio, so all is not lost in the future.
Proper game of two halves
The atmosphere [in the Poland v Greece game] was brilliant. 57,000 people were crammed in, and probably only 1,000 of them were Greece supporters. It was just a massive sea of Red and White, who were very vociferous in their support.
The Poles got off to a fantastic start. The adrenalin was obviously flowing, and they played incredibly well in the first half, with a lot more in attack than we have been used to.
The Greeks were poor defensively, which was a surprise, as they have been very solid, having have lost only one out of 21 matches they have played.
It was a real game of two halves, and with the Greeks down to 10 men and 1-0 down at half-time, the game looked dead and buried.
But because the Poles didn't get the second goal, and with the introduction of Salpigidis, the Greeks were inspired. He was involved in everything. He had energy and pace, and was trying to get in-behind the Polish defence.
When Papastathopoulos was sent off for two nonsense bookings, we thought that it might spoil the game. It was very poor refereeing, from a referee with a reputation for using his cards.
Szczesny, whom I bigged up before the game, after a settled season at Arsenal, just made two horrendous errors that changed things. He came for a cross he shouldn't have come for, and had a rush of blood to the head for the penalty.
Tyton, who was fairly lucky to be in the squad following Fabianski's injury, became the hero of the hour.
It was dramatic. We all expected a draw in the opening game of a major championships, but maybe a 0-0, and not as exciting as this!
Arshavin can play after all
The Russians were very impressive. I thought Petr Cech could have done better for a few of the goals, but that doesn't take anything away from the quality of performance.
Some Arsenal fans I watched the match with weren't particularly happy with Andrey Arshavin, who it seems can play particularly well for Russia when he wants to and puts a shift in.
The Russians were always favourites to win the group, and have really set a marker down now.
It is interesting, because the rest of the group may turn into a bit of a dogfight , with Poland v Russia looking like it will be an exciting match.
The final group fixture is Poland v Czech Republic, which now looks like it could be a crunch game.
Give my thoughts a read and let me know what you think in the comments box below - Danny.