Former England manager Graham Taylor believes the Three Lions might do far better than expected at Euro 2012 purely because they have a ready-made excuse for failure.

Few expect England to be competitive in Poland and Ukraine this summer after their shambolic build-up. The February resignation of Fabio Capello was clearly a blow, Roy Hodgson was only appointed as his replacement last week and the team presently have no captain.

Yet, far from dismissing England's hopes, Taylor is more confident. "The players and, to a degree, Roy as well, already have a reason if things don't go well," he said. "When you have that, it is surprising how well you do."

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