Harry Redknapp: I'll be disappointed if England don't reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016

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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes England have a good enough squad to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016, report The Sun.

The 68-year-old said he would be disappointed if Roy Hodgson failed to guide the Three Lions to the last four of the European Championships this summer considering the quality at his disposal.

He told talkSPORT: “We have got some outstanding young players in the country at the moment.


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"I look around at the rest of Europe and I don’t see any great teams. Spain, Italy, are not what they were, Belgium have got great players on paper but don’t seem to produce it as a team.

"I think we have got as good a chance as anybody this year. I will be disappointed if we don’t make at least the semi-finals."

Redknapp, who was hot favourite to replace Fabio Capello in the England hot seat before Hodgson took over in May 2012, believes the Three Lions stand a chance against Europe's finest if the likes of Ross Barkley and Dele Alli are on top form.

"They are two fantastic young players – absolutely top class.

"I would love to see the pair of them playing at the Euros this summer together, that is how good they are.

"I couldn’t make up my mind between the two of them. They are two big, big players for the next ten years hopefully."

Redknapp is spot on in his beliefs that England boast enough talent to reach the latter stages in France, but it's a claim to have been made countless times before.

On paper, the national team have looked capable of going the distance in most major tournaments over the last 20 years yet always failed to live up to the hype.

Even during the days when David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and John Terry were at the peak of their career, the side crumbled beneath expectation.

It's difficult to ignore the wealth of individual talent among the current crop of England stars, but does the squad really possess the right balance to challenge at Euro 2016?

Considering the blend of quality within the Spain, Italy, France and even Belgium squads, a run to the last four stage is a massive ask.

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