England are going to Euro 2016 with a 100% qualification record and the best forwards in the tournament
England supporters could be forgiven for curbing their enthusiasm when it comes to this summer’s European Championship, although there are plenty of reasons why the Three Lions can triumph in France this summer.
England have the best forwards
Wayne Rooney has recently returned from injury to join Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy among the clutch of forwards available to Roy Hodgson. The manager is likely to play Rooney, Kane and Vardy in the opener against Russia and that’s some serious firepower lining up.
The likelihood is that Vardy and Kane will operate in tandem up top, with Rooney sitting in the hole and looking to get forward at every opportunity. The Leicester striker is particularly dangerous and his pace could cause Russia, Wales and Slovakia some serious problems.
Jack Wilshere and Dele Alli are midfield maestros
Wilshere’s inclusion in the squad is supposedly controversial although this guy is one of the best midfielders in Europe when fit and he’s always done the business in an England shirt. The Arsenal maestro should be bang on the money and operates box-to-box like few others.
Meanwhile, Dele Alli has had a monumental breakthrough season in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt and looks to be genuinely world-class. His form was a reason why Spurs had a sniff of the Premier League title and the midfielder is an automatic choice to now start for England.
Alli’s temperament is slightly suspect although his overall game is fantastic, with his tough-tackling, range of passes and eye for goal meaning that he could chip in with a few goals during the Euros.
There are weaknesses with the other big teams
What an amazing qualifying campaign where England won 2-0 in Switzerland and never looked back. Roy Hodgson recovered from the 2014 World Cup setback where England lost matches against Italy and Uruguay to exit the competition, with the Three Lions now carrying plenty of momentum.
You could say that England had little to beat during qualifying, although they won against the opponents that were put in front of them. That included several teams who came to Wembley in a defensive capacity and it might again be a case of breaking down stubborn defences in France.
The Three Lions defence is stronger than it looks