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How will England fare in Euro 2016?

19 October 2015 by

As we all know England’s performances when it comes to tournaments have been a disappointment for years. Since the win of the World Cup all the way back in 1966 England have rarely looked like a threat in any competition.

After 2014’s disappointing World Cup in Brazil Roy Hodgson and his men haven’t looked back after ten straight wins in the qualification. This has raised the hopes of many again who believe we could be a major competitor for the upcoming Euro 2016. Ten straight wins looks good for England. However, the group they were drawn in was not exactly the most difficult of groups to qualify from, but to win ten on the bounce is a positive.

England’s real test starts now. Leading up to the finals of the championship’s England have three games against France, Spain and Germany. These fixtures will be the big test needed for the squad and could give them the boost they need going into the tournament if they happen to fare well. As well as giving themselves the confidence, it will give the fans the belief that England can do well. For England the ten straight wins is impressive, but it will all count for nothing if they cannot do well in the tournament. A player that believes this is England goalkeeper Joe Hart. In his words he says ‘winning all 10 euro qualifying games will count for nothing if England don’t impress next summer’. Judging by this quote from Joe Hart it seems that he and the squad want to impress and try to go all the way at next year’s tournament.

England manager Hodgson has a tough decision to make on who he will be taking to France for the tournament. With players being experimented over the qualification campaign Roy Hodgson has the decision of picking 23 of the players to represent their country at the 2016 European Championships. Roy Hodgson described the qualification campaign as ‘something to take pride of’. But he is along the same lines as Joe hart saying that he is wanting to do well at the tournament to make sure this run doesn’t go all to waste next summer.

After the disappointments in the past years England look to be going into this tournament on a bit of form, if they can get some wins over the big nations in the next three fixtures they will be in a good position going into the tournament. With the players England have got within the squad there is no doubt if they perform they can cause a stir in the tournament. With youngsters such as Barkley, Stones and Smalling all coming through there is the foundations to compete with some of the world biggest footballing nations in years to come. Before England have been a team that has never looked dangerous in possession, far from the finished product. Over the qualification campaign England have controlled games and also had more product at the end of it. Yes there is still a long way to go until we are the complete package but if we can get behind our boys in the right way we could just be the final piece of the jigsaw.  
For the fans of England the European Championship will be something to look forward to. It could be the year England finally challenge at a major tournament for the first time since the victory in the World Cup in 1966.

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