England can excel at Euro 2016

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The Euros are finally upon us. Exactly a week today will see France get Euro 2016 underway.

24 teams will go head to head for European glory, making it a real spectacle for all avid football fans.

One team who'd be hoping to go all the way this summer would be England. The Three Lions have failed to win a major trophy ever since their World Cup triumph in 1966.


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The English fans have been disappointed on numerous occasions, with heartbreaking semi-final exits and numerous penalty shoot-out defeats, but this could well be their year.

Here we take a look at three reasons why England can win the Euro 2016.

Young Squad

With an average age of under 26, England have the youngest squad in the European Championship this summer. 

Roy Hodgson's faith in young stars has been rewarded with throughout the qualifiers, and it's a strategy he continues with going into the main tournament.

The likes of Dele Alli and John Stones highlight the great progress of young English players nailing down regular spots in the national squad setup.

The young squad brings extra enthusiasm and work ethic to the team and allows Hodgson to be flexible and play in a number of systems.

In Form Strikers

One major drawback of England's 'golden generation' was the lack of real competition in the strikers department.

The likes of Michael Owen and Jermaine Defoe came good in patches, but failed to deliver consistently on the international stage.

That problem appears to be solved.

England now have a real core of attacking talent suited to different styles. Harry Kane is the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Kevin Phillips in the 1999/00 season.

Among the two of them, Kane and Jamie Vardy have scored a mammoth total of 49 league goals this campaign. Add Daniel Sturridge and young Marcus Rashford to that, and it's a complete nightmare for opposition defenders.

Experienced Captain

Many believe that the right balance between youth and experience is the ideal winning formula. That's where Wayne Rooney comes in.

Rooney has won it all at club level and remains desperate for glory with the national side. There are not many better equipped than Rooney to lead out this young squad in France.

Rooney has suffered from a lack of form this season but seems to be coming into his own as a midfield general.

His vast footballing knowldege and know how might just be the extra ingredient England need to lift the trophy.

How far can England go this summer at Euro 2016? Leave us YOUR predictions in the comment section below!

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