As an England supporter, even at 17, I’ve come to encounter the fair share of failures as tournaments go with the penalties against Portugal in 2006 with a 3-1 loss with Wayne Rooney losing his tempter against a Ronaldo character slowly becoming the great player he’s became a custom too. As well as the 2008 failure to even enter the Euros. Shortly followed by the 2010 World Cup which ultimately was decided by a controversial Frank Lampard shot being ruled out losing the chance to prosper. Not to forget Euro 2012 or the latest World Cup in Rio failing to get out the group stage. It’s been difficult, even at the age of 17, there is no proven stereotype of winning in England unless accompanied by the occasional Cricket victory. Unfortunately it’s not as favouring as football so never mind…
When looking at the Euros, it’s likely to be hopeful with the young talent prospering through with Delli Ali and Eric Dier having stand out seasons at Tottenham as well as Stones and Smalling holding their defensive duties, it looks promising for once. Although this was similar to the squads of Scholes, Neville, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Owen. Did any of these come close? Maybe we’re just destined to fail but I for one am hoping for a strong start with the best record of 10 wins and a goal difference of 28. Could this be our year?
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker also predicts a strong Euros with the hopes of Vardy and Kane up top together while fellow host and all time premiership top goalscorer Alan Shearer suggesting England should use the Euros ‘As a learning experience’. Implying a more subtle approach of ‘We won’t do very well’. Indicating towards a young squad being bad or just doesn’t have enough emphasis on the strength of the squad.
Anyhow, I’ve picked my starting 11 on how England should line up as well as the 23 man squad. Playing a 4-3-1-2.
Goalkeepers : Forster
Defence: Rose, Stones, Cahill, Clyne
Midfield: Lallana, Ali, Henderson, Barkley
Attacker: Kane, Vardy
Rest of team:
Goalkeepers: Hart, Butland
Defenders: Smalling, Gibbs, Jagielka
Midfield: Rooney, Drinkwater, Wilshire(if back), Dier
Attackers: Welbeck, Carroll, Sterling
Rest assured, it’s going to be an interesting Euros, hopefully leaning towards the good end of the stick as who wouldn’t want an England run in the tournament? Semi-final would be a win for me. Even getting out the groups seems acceptable in the current standards set.
Could this be our year?
*Plays “it’s coming home” despite being Euros rather than World Cup*.