It is that time of the year again, well almost, England are set to take part in an international competition and expectations will be high for them to do well again, well not really. The last time England took part in an international competition, they were booted out from the Group stages.
This was the World Cup in Brazil where no one expected much from a side that had the likes of Italy and Uruguay in their group. Even Roy Hodgson survived the sack and well he has now led a youthful looking England side to the Euros and they were unbeaten in their qualifying group as well.
England might complain of a lack of a winter break, at least a lot of club managers do but with the way some of their players have performed this season, it shouldn’t be a surprise if England actually do well in this competition.
The Three Lions haven’t won a lot of major honours in recent history but could this time be different? We provide three reasons as to why England could do well this time around.
A team rather than individuals
Every time England went out to play a major tournament there was talk about Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and the likes. Too many big name players who could turn things around for the team but that is a thing of the past.
Look through the current line-up of players and apart from Wayne Rooney, there really isn’t a big star name in the team. John Stones? Jordan Henderson? Kyle Walker? Sure they are good players but they don’t strike fear into any team.
England have finally got a team and well with some players bang in form such as Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli, them working together could be the key to success.
An easy group
England were in pot 1 during the draw for the groups. Being seeded did help England as they ended up avoiding some of the trickier teams and ended with a group that consisted of Russia, Wales and Slovakia.
While that isn’t the easiest group, it could have been much hard. Wales are the only team that actually should pose England a threat for the top spot and with an extended Euros featuring 24 teams, England should easily make it out of this group and hopefully into the latter stages of the competition.
Slovakia and Russia will be no pushovers but England should have enough in the tank to beat these two.
No pressure on the team
Roy Hodgson really does not have to worry about anything at all; the England manager has a group of players who aren’t world-class stars. He has inherited a team that is young and growing with every game and well no one really expects England to win the Euros.
After the debacle of the World Cup, whatever England do will be a bonus in this competition but with no pressure on them, they have the freedom to play and express themselves. England did defeat the World champions in Germany and who knows, if they play their cards right, they could easily make it out of the group and do something extraordinary in the Euros.