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5 Reasons Why England Will Win Euro 2012

Updated on October 31, 2012
Will we be seeing this again after Euro 2012?
Will we be seeing this again after Euro 2012?

Here are the 5 reasons why England, not Spain, will win Euro 2012.

A familiar sight of recent tournaments.
A familiar sight of recent tournaments.

No Expectation

For the last 4 or 5 tournaments England have gone into, there has been a general public and media expectation that they have a divine right to win it.

For example, the squad of the 2006 World Cup was labelled 'The Golden Generation', as it featured such Premier League 'stars' as John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney, along with captain David Beckham.

But as we all know, things haven't always turned out that way; Euro 2000 ended in the group stage, before 2002, 2004 and 2006 all ended in quarter final tears. It only got worse for Euro 2008, not even qualifying, before World Cup 2010 which was the worst of them all, only 1 win, 1-0 against Slovenia.

This year we have no captain, no Rooney, no set formation and we have only just appointed a manager, and nobody thinks he's any good.

But things will be different at Euro 2012: because of all this, no-one will expect anything, and there won't be the usual media hype over England's Euro chances, which can only help the team.

(l-r) Sturridge, Welbeck and Jack Rodwell.
(l-r) Sturridge, Welbeck and Jack Rodwell.

New Players

Over the last two seasons since the World Cup disaster, there has been an increase in talented young English players.

We have Phil Jones, Kyle Walker and Chris Smalling in defence, Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere (although he's injured for Euro 2012) in midfield, and Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge upfront.

But it's not just young players that new for England: Scott Parker will be 31 going into Euro 2012, with less than 15 caps. Another player worth a mention is Grant Holt; playing for newly promoted Norwich, he has been the second highest English scorer in the Premier League after only Rooney, so is surely worth taking on the plane to Euro 2012.

The new players don't have the bad memories of previous tournaments and so will play with less fear and more confidence.

Aaron Lennon's amazing pace.
Aaron Lennon's amazing pace.


If there is one thing that Spain, Holland and Germany, for all their talented players, do not have, it's pace. England have Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon, Ashley Young, Adam Johnson and Danny Welbeck who all, especially the first two, have enough pace to trouble any defence.

If England can use a formation that can utilise that pace, such as 4-3-3, then that is one possible way of opening up defences during Euro 2012.

The Pace Of Lennon

Joe Hart.
Joe Hart.

A Solid Goalkeeper

For the first time since David Seaman was playing, England fans can relax a little, knowing that there won't be Robert Green or David James ready to mess everything up at the back. In Joe Hart, England for once have a reliable, consistent number 1.

He went to the 2010 World Cup but didn't play, and is now ready to take his chance at Euro 2012, and even though he's just 25, any England fan would tell you he is definitely one of our best players and a crucial part of the team.

He has already shown his worth; he will have played 19 games by the start of Euro 2012, and has only lost once so far, 3-2 to Holland.

Man United crash out of the Europa League to Bilbao.
Man United crash out of the Europa League to Bilbao.

Poor European Season

As everyone knows, the English clubs European campaigns in the 2011-12 season have been some of the worst in recent times. Ok, Chelsea got to the Champions League final, but Manchester United and Manchester City crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League early on in the season, and Arsenal only made it to the first knockout round before valiantly losing 4-3 to Milan.

All this means that, while Spain will have almost their whole squad competing in both European tournaments up to the semi-finals and finals, England's players will not be exerting themselves to the same level so often, which, come June 8th, is only going to help with fitness.

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      rudimanukwari 5 years ago

      I love united, i love EPL, i have site about united but I'm not sure if England will be winner. World Cup 2014 in Brazil, still spain will win. team composition will consist senior player such as iniesta (2012 UEFA Best Player), still xavi, fabregras, torres, david silva plus david villa, casillas, sergio ramos, pique...old composition with good Chemistry.

      brazil, no no no. London Olympics Final vs Mexico, lost. Argentina no no Xavi and no Iniesta = no Messi as in Barcelona. I believe it

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      barry1001 5 years ago from North Wales

      Just love your optimism! Can't see England winning, but just reaching the quarter finals is an achievement in my opinion! Voted up.

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      T.Code 5 years ago

      Portugal will win the Euro 2012

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Well put together monsieur and lots of real optimism backed up with sound arguments.

      I've been watching England in tournaments since 1966, yes, the year we dominated football world wide! I watched in 1970 when we were favourites to retain the Jules Rimet trophy! Favourites! But oh dear we got a dose of reality when the Germans beat us 3-2 after we were 2-0 up. Nerves you see. Bottle.Hard edged competitive spirit.

      For all our bravado we are just not equipped technically to get beyond the quarter finals in big tournaments. We can't keep the ball for one, we haven't learnt to keep the ball, to make the short passing game our basic game from which all other moves are created. Yes we have strong individual players, some great players, but we can't ever get them to play as a team.

      So I cannot see us getting past the quarters! We'll meet Italy or Spain.

      I wish for Stevie G's sake that he has a good last tournament because he has been awesome for a decade.

      Well Done. Luvvly hub.

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      ktkt 5 years ago

      I'd love to say England but i reckon theyre about 4th or 5th favourites; my money has to be Germany. They have always been well organised and have grown as a team over the last couple of years. I think Spain are not as good as they were in the world cup but still contenders. Im intregued to see how the new look Italy team performs

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      AfricaResource 5 years ago from Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom

      I do hope your right. With the wealth of talent all playing in the best league in the world on a regular basis you'd certainly like to think we could make a serious go of it, but we think this every time and it never happens...unfortunately.

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      Steve Wright 5 years ago from Norwich, England

      I admire your optimism but I think all that will prevent one of the top three sides in the tournament winning it is a natural disaster.

      The key reason why England won't win it is of all the top sides, we are likely to start the tournament with 11 players that have never played a competitive match together. That is one hell of a disadvantage to be starting out with, alongside the fact that with no Rooney it is incredibly hard to see where the goals are going to come from. By the time he gets on the field for the third game it could be too little too late.

      This is a great hub, you raise good points, and write well, I'm just not as optimistic about our chances.

      As for Spain having players that have played a lot of games, Lennon only started 18 league games for Spurs this season, Young only started the same amount for Utd, Johnson only 10 for city, I think it's better to be over-practiced than under any day.

      I hope I am wrong and Roy performs a miracle though.

      Very well written and voted up. Thanks for sharing.

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      reecedarwent 5 years ago from Newcastle

      I like this article mate, you make some interesting points. I like the idea of there being no expectation - every time there's pressure on England, they fail to perform. Will be interesting to see how they get on this time!

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      jamiew12310 5 years ago

      Yeah Wilshere's injury came back and he's definitely out of euro 2012 and maybe the Olympics as well.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      I do hope England adopt the 4-3-3 formation for this tournament, with the quality we have outwide it'd be crazy not to

      Jack Wiltshire gonna miss it entirely? :o

      i had heard he would be back maybe for Arsenals final game but this was old news

      Scott Parker seems to have just been a late bloomer cos i really rate him last couple of seasons and not so much before

      I love the optimism, can only hope