Was our Euro performance just another disappointment with the added hurt of failing again at penalties? William Hinch, from Queen Mary, University of London, for the National Student, analyses the England team:
Who would have thought it? An ex-West Ham outcast slots home the winning penalty to condemn England to two more years of hurt, the elephant in the room becoming ever more prominent as it age reaches 46.
However, England must not be too disheartened as they board the plane and disperse for their summer holidays. Roy Hodgson, with only two friendlies worth of experimentation to prepare, a squad already bereft of star quality further hindered by a spat of injuries to potentially key players, managed to rally his chosen squad to a quarter final penalty exit, after topping the previously fancied French as group winners. An achievement when looked at from that angle.
England’s tactics were clear from the very beginning, as he looked to emulate Chelsea’s recent Champions League win, as well as the Greeks’ against all odds Euro 2004 triumph. Organisation, dogged defending, and a rousing team spirit were the traits England excelled any other nation at during these Championships.
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