Can England really win Euro 2016 next summer?
Roy Hodgson backs England team to continue winning streak at the Euro 2016 finals in France
September 3rd, 2015
England are predictably among the favourites to win the 2016 European Championships, although the nation are wary of getting too excited about a team that have repeatedly underwhelmed at major tournaments.
The 2010 and 2014 World Cup campaigns were both huge disappointments, while Euro 2012 saw England eliminated on penalties at the quarter-final stage after being roundly outplayed by Italy.
Quotes of 12/1 are available about the Three Lions right now, with Roy Hodgson delivering an upbeat message to his players ahead of the latest qualifying double header against San Marino and Switzerland.
Qualification is merely a formality after six straight wins starting in Berne twelve months ago, although Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that the England squad are focused on continuing the momentum for France next summer.
“He said we can either go one way, keep winning and stay the way we are, or we can go up another level in our performances,” said Shelvey. “Because there’s no reason why the England team, with the players we’ve got in this country, can’t go to the European Championships and win it.
“And that’s what Roy Hodgson wants us to do and what we all want to do. It was quite an upbeat meeting. He also spoke about winning all 10 games in the group and hopefully we can go out and do that. There’s no reason why we can’t and I think we’ve got the ability in the team. No matter who plays, I feel anyone can do a job. But first we must get these two wins. The manager just made it clear he wants us to win and I’m sure we can.”
Germany are the 3/1 favourites with bet365 to win Euro 2016 although the world champions have a little work to ensure a top two spot for qualification, with hosts France available at 4/1.