Euro 2016 - 100 Days to go: Time to get needlessly excited about England's prospects of ending '60 Years of Hurt'!Published March 2, 2016
In 100 days the Euro 2016 finals gets underway.
This milestone means that the English press now has 100 days to simultaneously build up the chances of an England success and then send those hopes tumbling.
It’s now been, ’60 years of hurt’, since England last won a major championship and as per usual there will be those that expect the Three Lions to once again roar. Forgetting entirely the manner in which England all too frequently choke when partaking in finals tournaments.
From now until June 10th you can expect every half decent display from an England hopeful to lead to talk of a ‘spot in Roy Hodgson’s squad’ or a ‘seat on the plane’ to France. unfortunately displays at club level are so rarely replicated when these stars pull on a national team jersey.
You would have thought by now that all those who follow England’s push for success will have become so used to comparative failure that the pressure would somehow reduce on those sent out on the field of play.
Unfortunately this is not the case…
Every time a tournament rolls around we all expect the best, fear the worst and then react with significant surprise at just how inept the English national team really can be.
The 2014 World Cup was pretty much a case in point.
Drawn in a group including Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, England managed to finish bottom with just a point to show for their efforts, scoring just two goals in the process.
England face Russia, Wales and Slovakia in their, seemingly, straightforward Euro 2016 group and having qualified for the tournament with a 100% record Roy Hodgson should be able to steer his side to the knockout-stages, where they will of course lose on penalties to one side or another…
Some bets of note to consider throwing your money at this summer…
Paddy Power are offering 12/1 on an England triumph and the same bookmaker offers a competitive 20/1 on Harry Kane to finish the tournament as top-scorer.
If you are particularly pessimistic about England’s chances then SkyBet‘s 9/1 on Hodgson’s side finishing bottom of Group B is the best for you!