Ahead of any major tournament, all the eyes are firmly glued on England’s progression in the competition. Prime reason for that is not their actual talent or capability to beat bigger teams, but it is the immense fan following of Premier League football.
England’s squad is assembled from Premier League stars and because those players are known all over the world, there is an automatic expectation amongst the fans to see their favorite players go all the way and lift a major International tournament.
Despite the anticipation, England have disappointed their fans for over 5 decades now as they have never won a major tournament following their World Cup triumph back in 1966. According to William Hill Euro 2016 betting odds, England are expected to reach the quarter finals at summer’s extravaganza.
However, that has not stopped the fans from going bonkers over their team’s chances at Euro 2016 as well. But perhaps this time quality of the squad has a role to play in it as well.
With likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney (in his new role) and Adam Lallana, England’s attacking play going forward looks impressive. Not to mention, they managed to beat Germany in Berlin couple of months ago with the same team.
Seeing this new found blend of youth and experience, whether fans want it or not but they are bound to expect greater things from The Three Lions at Euro 2016.
England are in Group B along with Russia, Wales, and Slovakia. Considering the new rule change which would allow four best 3rd place teams to qualify for the round of 16, I am fully confident to see England qualify for the knockout rounds of the Euro 2016.
From there on, it will depend on how well England players can handle the pressure of a big game. With Alli, Kane and Rooney marshaling England’s play, I expect them to be one of the last four teams in the competition and reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.