England will go into the Euro 2016 on the back of an impressive form during qualification

England will go into the Euro 2016 on the back of an impressive form during qualification. However, this rarely translates into the tournament form and it has been proven time and time again.

England, especially, have struggled big-time when it comes to major tournaments. The World Cup 2014 saw the team knockout at the group stages despite being one of the favourites to at least to reach the semifinals. The Euro 2016 will be easier than the World Cup, but even then sceptics are doubting the possibility of an England success.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who is an important member of the Spanish team, has come out with a backing for the England national team by saying that he feels Roy Hodgson’s men will be potential challengers in France. The midfielder was speaking after England recently suffered a 2-0 defeat against Spain. It was one of the few poor results for England in recent memory but it puts more pressure on manager Roy Hodgson. England went on and unbeaten run of 16 matches in the last year and a half, but it has come to an end with this defeat. Fabregas played the full 90 minutes, but his form this season has been below average.

“It was difficult for us. England came with a lot of confidence as they had won their 10 qualifiers.They are a young team, same as us, changing a little bit as the Gerrards and Lampards have gone. The same for us with Xavi, Xabi Alonso and David Villa. I think they will compete very well in the Euros, that is for sure. If you ask me now, right now, if they are one of the favourites, I would say yes. But of course, they will need to score the chances they create because counter-attacking,” said Fabregas.