So the next European Championship (disappointment) is in France, in 2016. Qualification should be a formality. We brushed aside Switzerland (considered our toughest opponents) in the first game and from then on it was just a matter of professionally dispatching all the other opponents. San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania (all footballing heavyweights ha-ha) have all been brushed aside, and realistically England should win every single game. If they don’t then I think that should be considered a failure. We do this every time though. Smash the s%!t out of the qualifying and then get scared to death once the actual tournament comes around. I think after the World Cup last year, it finally dawned on most people (including me), that England are actually quite rubbish as a football team, and that expectations should be drastically lowered, apart from old ‘Arry Redknapp, who has recently declared that “England can win Euro 2016�. What a plonker. What an absolute plonker. It’s these kinds of outbursts that fill delusional people with the hope of a good showing at a major finals. The last one was in 1996. Nearly twenty years ago. England were on home turf at Euro 96 and we made it to the semi-finals, and very nearly to the final. I was only 13 at the time but I can remember it vividly. It is good to see Danny Welbeck (I am an Arsenal fan by the way) doing well for the national side. Nobody has scored more goals in all of the qualifying groups and he looks like a lad who is enjoying playing for his country. Rooney is edging ever closer to Bobby Charlton’s record England tally, and he has a perfect opportunity to grab it in qualifying when you look at the (lack of) quality of our opponents. It is a shame Fraser Forster got badly injured, as I would have liked to see Joe Hart come under a bit more pressure for his place in the side. That time will come though, as long as Forster makes a good recovery. It’s been a professional campaign so far, let’s hope it stays that way! England!

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