It’s been 50 long years since England last tasted success in a major tournament and that wait doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
But there seems to be positivity surrounding Roy Hodgson’s men this time as they head into this summer’s European Championships as fourth favourites.
This Three Lions squad is brimming with exciting talent and there is hope they can reach their first semi-final of a competition since hosting the Euro’s in 1996.
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Former captain David Beckham has been part of five failed England tournaments from the France World Cup in 1998 to the tournament held in Germany eight years later. Beckham was also part of the squad that failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland.
But Beckham, who is currently the most-capped outfield player in England history with 115, believes Hodgson’s side have an opportunity to go far in France this summer.
“England have a good chance of doing very well in the competition,” he told the Evening Standard.
“They have some young, very talented players who aren’t afraid to play on the world stage.
While Roy Hodgson has delayed naming his 23-man squad until Monday, two players that are guaranteed to be selected are Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
The pair has been instrumental in Tottenham’s title challenge and will be hoping to start the opening match against Russia on June 11. And Beckham believes that Alli and Kane can be “the difference” for Hodgson’s side at Euro 2016.
“For me, Dele Alli and Harry Kane can be the difference. They’ve both had great seasons. Dele plays week in week out for Tottenham, he’s not scared to play, not scared to do things, he’s a joy to watch,” Beckham said.
"Every England fan wants to see Dele do well. Harry is a very talented player and he can learn from the likes of Wayne Rooney.”
Alli only joined up with Spurs last summer - after being signed from MK Dons in February 2015 and returning there on-loan - and has been magnificent this term. The 20-year-old has scored ten goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and was deservedly crowned PFA Young Player of the Year.
The midfielder got his international career off to a flying start when he scored a sensational goal against France on his first start for the senior team. He was also named man-of-the-match as England completed a magnificent comeback from 2-0 down to beat German 3-2 in Munich.
Teammate Harry Kane is leading the Premier League goalscoring charts having notched 25 goals this campaign - one ahead of Sergio Aguero and fellow Englishman Jamie Vardy.
He is expected to be leading the line for England this summer having already scored four goals in his ten appearances for his country so far.
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