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Three Euro 2016 results that prove England were awful

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Euro 2016 was not a tournament to remember for England fans, with the Three Lions underwhelming across three group stage games and a single knockout fixture.

But while Roy Hodgson may argue that, for the most part, England were unlucky in France, other results suggest otherwise.

In fact, you don’t even need to look at the games involving England to see how bad they were – these three results didn’t even involve the Three Lions yet they still served to showcase the national side’s limitations.

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1.Wales 3-0 Russia

When Vasili Berezutski rose high to nod a looping header over Joe Hart in the dying minutes of England’s group stage opener, pundits were quick to suggest that, despite Russia’s late goal, a draw with Leonid Slutsky’s team was actually still a good result.

Fast forward just over a week, however, and that viewpoint was made to look rather silly, with Wales putting the 2018 World Cup hosts to the sword with ease.

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With both sides still battling to get out of the group, Chris Coleman’s team raced into a two-goal lead before half-time with Gareth Bale adding a third in the second period. England couldn’t even score from open play against the Russians.

2. Germany 3-0 Slovakia

Though Slovakia boast some world-class stars in Marek Hamsik and, to a lesser extent, Martin Skrtel, England were still expected to beat them and seal top spot in Group B.

Jamie Vardy went close with a chance in the first half, while Daniel Sturridge was also unlucky but, as the game progressed, it became clear that England and Hodgson were lacking in ideas.

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Germany had no such problems though, despite suffering a 3-1 defeat to the Slovaks in a pre-tournament friendly. Already 2-0 up by half-time, with a goal from Jerome Boateng that came off the back of a corner, Germany could even afford to miss a penalty in the first half.

Keen to press home their advantage, Julian Draxler even found time to add a third in a game that saw Germany rack up 21 shots on goal. Mario Gomez even got among the goals.

3. France 5-2 Iceland

England fans are still sore over what was unquestionably the national team’s worst performance at Euro 2016, with the Three Lions surrendering an early lead in a matter of seconds and conceding two abject goals to an Iceland side with a smattering of world-class stars.

Though some would go on to talk up the prospects of Iceland, the European minnows were completely exposed against better opposition in France.

France v Iceland - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

More dynamic in their movement and crisp in their passing and attacking play, France found themselves 4-0 up by half-time in Paris with four different players getting on the score sheet.

Iceland may have fought back to reduce the arrears in the second half but the damage was already done, with Les Bleus adding a fifth through Olivier Giroud, who finished the game with two goals despite having largely underwhelmed at the tournament.

Any England players watching must have hung their heads in shame.

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