England & Euro 2020
England are gearing up for his or her second main event underneath Gareth Southgate.
The ex-Middlesbrough man led the Three Lions out on the 2018 World Cup and was capable of information them to the semi-finals, which was their highest end within the competitors since 1990.
And at Euro 2020, a case may be made that England’s squad is far stronger than it was in Russia.
Granted, the centre-back and goalkeeping spots stay a priority. Nevertheless, England can now name upon gamers comparable to Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish – none of which had been current in Russia.
England have additionally been drawn in a reasonably beneficial group this summer time. Croatia are maybe the strongest facet in Group D aside from England, however they don’t seem to be the facet they had been in 2018 once they made all of it the best way to the ultimate.
Elsewhere, Czech Republic and Scotland are each groups England ought to be capable of see off with relative ease if they’re on their recreation.
England’s report in main tournaments
Because of this, England followers are little doubt quietly optimistic forward of Euro 2020 getting underway subsequent week.
That optimism will most likely be delt one thing of a blow with the next stat, nevertheless.
As revealed by The Guardian’s James Dart, England have a reasonably dire report after scoring first at main tournaments.
Since 2000, they’ve received simply 50 per cent of video games after scoring first, drawing seven and dropping six – the final of these losses in fact coming within the World Cup semi-final once they went 1-0 up vs Croatia and misplaced 2-1.
Compared, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have markedly higher data after stepping into entrance first.
— James Dart (@James_Dart) June 4, 2021