Free-scoring, easy on the eye and relentless – hardly the words you would associate with the England national team, especially in major tournaments.

Without a major victory since 1966 and world renowned ability for choking under the spotlight of knock-out football, England, it’s fair to say, have really floundered on the big stage time after time.

But a common theme that runs through their recent history in European Championship football is that in the Group stages England are in fact high scorers and have the ability to entertain.

From their last three ventures into a European Championship finals (remember, they failed to qualify in 2008) they have scored an aggregate of 20 goals in the group stages.

Maybe it’s the pressure-free nature of the games or maybe they are just more suited to that form of tournament play, but for some reason the Three Lions certainly know how to find the back of the net early on in a competition.

Who can forget the Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham double in Euro 1996 when Holland where taken apart by a free-flowing England or the young Wayne Rooney notching twice in their demolition job against Croatia in Euro 2004.

They also destroyed Switzerland 3-0 in that same competition and even though they were knocked out in the Group stage at Euro 2000 they still managed to find the net five times.

The markets seem to think however that their 2012 campaign, where they play Ukraine, France and Sweden, will be a low scoring tournament with Coral making England a juicy looking 13/10 to notch five or more goals in the three group games.

That price probably is inflated due to Rooney being suspended for the first two games but the Three Lions still have goals in reserve, with Danny Welbeck fancied to fill the void left by his Manchester United teammate.

Roy Hodgson may not strike you as the ideal manager to oversee a free-scoring team but the stats point towards England relaxing and scoring plenty of goals in the group.