Why England won’t win at Euro 2016 – Euro 2016 is upon us. The nation is ready and are expecting big things from this young England side that contains emerging talents from this season; Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy to name a few. Although we have a lot of great young talent in the squad, on paper, this is probably one of the poorest England squads the country has seen in a long time.
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That, combined with the fact that England usually don’t turn up at major international tournaments, means that I’m not hopeful of us getting anywhere near the final in France.
With a squad that lacks experience, players that shouldn’t be there and a manager who is too tactically inept to manage in major tournaments, here are 10 reasons why I think England won’t win Euro 2016.
10. The Defence
The weakest component of the England team in my opinion is the defence. My preferred back four would be Rose, Cahill, Smalling and Clyne, who between them have 84 caps for England, an average of 21 each.
Gary Cahill is obviously the most experienced and will act as the leader of the back-line, but the Chelsea defender had a shocking season with the former Premier League champions.
Chris Smalling has played well for United this season, and will probably go into the tournament as England’s best centre back. But even he has shown signs of being exposed, as recently as the FA Cup Final where he ‘rugby tackled’ Yannick Bolasie to the ground and earned himself a red car for his trouble.
Danny Rose lacks international experience, however he has had an amazing season with Tottenham. Clyne has had a decent season for Liverpool. Ryan Bertrand really impressed me with his performances in the warm up match against Australia. John Stones continues to show glimpses of quality, but he is nowhere near the finished product yet. Kyle Walker was sensational against Portugal and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did start ahead of Clyne against Russia on Saturday