After managing to win the last six matches without exception, England boss Roy Hodgson reckons that the Three Lions will be heading to the Euro 2016 as one of the favourites to win the trophy.
England are still searching for their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup. They suffered yet another embarrassment at a major tournament after being knocked out of the World Cup 2014 at the group stages. Since then, England have undergone several changes with Hodgson bringing in fresh blood in the form of players like Raheem Sterling.
They have been a major reason behind the wins in both Euro 2016 qualifying matches and friendlies in the last few months. More importantly, England have also been playing much better football compared to recent years.
If they continue on this rich vein of form, Hodgson says that he says England as one of the favourites for the Euro 2016 title when the tournament is held in France. England’s next Euro 2016 qualifying match does not take place until March when they take on Lithuania.
After having already established a commanding six-point advantage in the group, England will be moving one step closer towards qualification if they get three points against the minnows.
“I want to continue to play my part in helping the players on the path that they are on – the path to becoming better in every aspect of their game and better at becoming a team, which in 2016 will hopefully be as a serious competitor when we get to France.I’m looking forward to the games we will play and hopefully keeping our winning run going. I’m also looking forward to seeing the team qualify for the finals in France.Most importantly I’m looking for a constant progression – for us to be a better team at the end of 2015 than we are at the start of it,” said Hodgson.