The Euro Championships are always a great occasion for all football fans over the continent.
England travel to France in June with a raft of new players likely to be in the mix since the previous Euro’s back in 2012 which prompted some soul searching following an indifferent campaign.
With the likes of Jamie Vardy banging in the goals this season for Leicester including of course surpassing the record of the great Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The emergence of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has also looked promising as he is becoming a well rounded captain. His passing game and control make him invaluable to Klopp’s new Liverpool and if he can finally make himself an England regular we could start to see England reap the benefits of Henderson.
The young Jesse Lingard has been a really exciting player to come through the ranks up at Old Trafford and his stunning rise saw him earn a call-up to Hodgson’s most recent squad.
Add in to the mix a host of young stars in the under-21’s Loftus-Cheek, Redmond, Chambers, Ibe, Ward-Prowse and Targett all looking to break into the top squad having made themselves regulars at their respective clubs.
England have been drawn in a group that is certainly winnable with ties against Wales, Slovakia and Russia to look forward to in France.
Games against Slovakia and Wales shouldn’t be too much of a problem despite the undeniable talent of former Spurs key player, Gareth Bale. Russia’s talented squad could prove a slight problem for England though.
The road to Paris so far though has been as smooth as you like with England bagging a 100% win record in their qualifying group, admittedly the likes of San Marino, Lithuania and Estonia are nowhere near the likes of a nation obsessed with football such as England.
Greg Dyke has issued a warning to Roy Hodgson saying that England have to get out of their Euro group and I for one would agree, if England fail to emerge from what is a relatively simple group questions will have to be asked about the coaching staff and players.
My England XI (assuming all are fit):
Joe Hart (Capt., Man City); Kyle Walker (Spurs), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), John Stones (Everton), Luke Shaw (Man Utd); Eric Dier (Spurs), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool); Raheem Sterling (Man City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool); Harry Kane (Spurs)