After GMF posed the question of ‘Where do you think England will finish in Euro 2012' – it has emerged that the fans feel the Three Lions have what it takes to go all the way in the tournament.
With 30 percent of the votes, ‘winner’ edged out ‘semi-finalists’ by two percent in what some may suggest as a hopeful assumption.
England’s old stumbling block of the ‘quarter finals’ was next in line taking 22 percent of votes - with a clear disaster of failing to progress past the group stages collecting an apprehensive 14 percent.
Last night’s performance against World Cup runner’s up Holland – which ended in defeat – seems to have given the fans a new sense of belief ahead of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
What is thought of as a tricky group, England will go up against France, Sweeden and co-hosts Ukraine in the first stages – meaning the side will have to be at their best if they are to reach the latter stages of the competition.
However with no permanent manager at present – along with what seems to be a small transition in the playing squad – England are lacking a form of solidarity that is required to win the world’s major trophies.
Last night saw Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker captain the side for the first time leaving the midfielder as favorite to take the armband on a permanent basis.
Parker – who was recently voted ‘England fans player of the year’ for 2011 optimistically said: “England is a work in progress, and we have to keep working hard.
“There is still plenty of preparation to do and we have to work at it, but I believe we will go into the tournament in good stead.”
The side, who parted company with Fabio Capello in February left most with the opinion that things need to change in order to compete with the likes of Holland, Spain and Germany.
In a sense England are in the same predicament as Chelsea – with the talk of old players needing to be dropped – which did show signs of progression at Wembley last night.
With veterans Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand appeared to be dropped from the latest England squad – this could be a sign that there is an ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ mentality – with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Chris Smalling widely tipped to be the heart of the new England side.
However with such a major tournament just around the corner would it be feasible to let the ‘younger’ generation lead the country into the finals or stay with a more experienced outlook for the side.
One may argue either side of the story – but in reality the England set up is going through a change – and with what is thought the imminent arrival of current Spurs manager Harry Redknapp to take the helm of the side, things are going in the right direction.
Redknapp seems to have a knack of getting the best out of players which is something Capello failed to do – which results in a better feel around the side leaving England with abetter chance in Euro 2012.