The 'golden generation' came and went without silverware. Wayne Rooney has scored 51 international goals, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker to become England's all-time leading goalscorer and still the England fans await glory. But is there light at the end of the tunnel? A collection of emerging stars have taken form and the outlook for a team that could be classed as perennial underachievers has suddenly improved dramatically. There is a outside chance that England could finally challenge for silverware.
This is not wishful thinking as their squad is stronger and more balanced than it has been in recent memory.
England tends to sail through the qualifying for major tournaments which leads fans to dare to dream. Usually reality hits due to unrealistic expectations. The team is highly scrutinized by the English media and the squad underperforms on the field. England fans back their team to win and the bookies stand to pay out millions if they do the unexpected and win the tournament. But this has not happened since 1966, the pressure continually mounting on England to change this woeful internataional record.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane offer a new look to England's attack. Talisman and captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart offer stability, providing the team with a strong core to rely on.
Best England Football Team Betting Lines
Here are the odds for England's next match. Make sure you analyse whether or not England is playing at home or away. And is the match a competitve or friendly one?
England Football Team Season Schedule
Have a look below to see where and who Wales matches up with this season. The below schedule will show all of Wales' fixtures, both friendlies and competitive.
England Football Team League Standings
England is expected to always be at, or near, the top of the standings. Expect England to qualify for the knockout stage of major tournaments on almost every occasion.
How To Win At England Football Team Betting
England have a patchy record against the best sides but usually swipe aside international sides with inferior squads.
The exciting young players coming through the ranks offer a fresh edge to the England team and the starting lineup is nowhere near as predictable as it once was. Dele Alli is an emerging classy talent in midfield and has been playing alongside his clubmate Eric Dier.
The first goalscorer market is replete with legitimate options as England have lots of players who can score goals. Daniel Sturridge, if fit and selected, is always a threat whilst Harry Kane has proven a strong and capable forward at international level. Wayne Rooney is always a goal-scoring threat and takes the team's penalties which always makes him a good bet to score first. The fairytale that is the career of Jamie Vardy continues to amaze soccer fans around the world. Playing with electric pace, Vardy always has a chance to score.
Prior to the Euro 2016 tournament England faced Germany, Spain, Netherlands and France. They came from behind to beat Germany 3-2 and also beat France. Defeats to Netherlands and Spain, however, once again sobered any thoughts of European dominance.
Defence will most likely turn out to be England's achilles heal. Central defenders Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill are the usual defensive pairing, both of whom are liable to make a mistake here and there.
Joe Hart can always be relied upon to make that big saves when it matters most.
The tournament the odds, as England progress through, on the match being drawn after 90 minutes gains value as historically they do not lose many matches later in a tournament, but often do not decisively win them. England have endured many agonizing defeats in penalties and look to finally put this bad omen behind them once and for all.