Early preview of England's chances at Euro 2012 and a look at who will be the next England Manager...
With the European Championships at the end of the season and England about (possibly have qualified by the time you are reading this) to qualify I have taken a look at England's chances of winning it.
First of all after the 2010 World cup display I'm not at all confident Capello's Lions can bring back the Trophy. On paper we have a fantastic team, especially at club level, with the likes of Rooney and Gerrard who are excellent week in week out in the Premier League. But what is it with English players when they play for our country? They do not seem to preform to the standards we see in the Premier League.
However in qualifying we have seen the team improve but still I believe England lack the world class of many of the nations up there. We are currently ranked 8th in the FIFA world rankings. There are many problems with the English game but I will not go into detail.
At the moment we have some good young players upcoming as future England regulars such as Man United youngsters Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll are still young and look to be future England regulars. Many of the Issues within the English game lie within Grass-Roots football.
I believe either Spain or Germany will win the Tournament. Spain will have an excellent squad with numerous options but there Midfield has to be the best in the world with Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, David Silva and more. Germany did excellent at the 2010 World Cup thrashing England and Argentina 4-1 and 4-0. Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil is a great player in the Germany midfield. But World Cup and European Championship holders Spain will probably be favourites and rightly so. I think Spain will probably retain the Trophy.
As for England's chances, Capello will certainly need to get the best out of his players and Capello will want to prove himself as England manager in his last games. It is a bit early to say but I think the Quarter or Semi Finals for England as I think they would find it hard to cope with sides like Spain, Holland and Germany in the knock put stages of the tournament.
Fabio Capello announced he would step down as manager of England at the end of the Euro's in 2012 and The FA saying they would appoint an England Manager. Harry Redknapp is many of the Bookie's favourites. Roy Hodgeson has been linked but I personally would love to see the 'Special One' as the England manager. Jose Mourinho would be a great character and knows some of the players from his year's in England. Mourinho of course is not proven at international level but he has a brilliant club record.
Who would you like to see as England Manager?