England are currently out of favour with the bookies at odds of 12/1, and for once, a nation is not expecting Roy Hodgson’s side to go far. But stranger things have happened, Greece lifted the trophy in Euro 2004, and with the pressure relatively off the players can they do the unthinkable?
The euphoria of England winning a major football tournament in the modern era cannot be put into words. Social networking sites would go into meltdown, the streets would be filled with celebrating fans and faith in the national team would be well and truly restored.
A lot will have to go right for England to win the tournament in Poland and Ukraine this summer of course. There are plenty of teams – not least Spain, Germany and Holland – that are in with a shout of glory.
Then, when you take England’s preparation into account – they have only just appointed Roy Hodgson as manager – it is fair to say that not many believe the Three Lions will go all the way this summer.
Throw in the face that Wayne Rooney is suspended for the opening two games and there is no doubt that one of the main emotions should England win Euro 2012 would be surprise. Ahead of the tournament, anyone tipping Hodgson’s men won’t be taken particularly seriously.
This would make England actually winning Euro 2012 extra special though. It would have a Roy of the Rovers feel about it as this group of players pull together to conquer Europe. The likes of Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker and Joe Hart would be responsible for ending many years of hurt.
There would be a significant feel good factor around the country too. Worries of recession and unemployment would go to the back of everyone’s minds for a while and there would be a party atmosphere across the whole country.
Take any problems England has had over the last few decades – whether that be economical, political or anything else – consider that during this time there has never been a successful England football team to put smiles on faces.
As for what it would mean for Hodgson, well he would be a national hero and set to be in the position for many years to come. All in all, after years of inconsistency and failure, people could be positive about the future of the national game.
There are so many things that would have to fall into place for England to win, but what if….what if…!
As already mentioned, it would be difficult to describe such a momentous and unexpected occasion.
Will there be a statue of Roy Hodgson erected in front of the new Wembley? (We dread to think).