As preparations continue for Euro 2016, Portugalís visit to Wembley (Thursday 2 June) will inevitably revive memories of the Eusebio-inspired team that were beaten in the World Cup semi-final as England progressed to their greatest-ever triumph in 1966.
50 years on, the Three Lions squad will travel to France with the hope of earning similar legendary status as the Boys of í66, although those compiling Bethut's 2016 predictions for the Euro's suggest that reaching the semi-finals would be a more realistic achievement for Roy Hodgsonís young and enthusiastic charges.
France, of course, played a part in Englandís run to the final in 1966 as two goals from Roger Hunt clinched victory in the final group game.
After the controversial quarter-final
Updated 1st June 2016 at 04:25 PM by Veritas
Weíll soon know Englandís final 23 ahead of this summerís European Championships and itís likely that one of Roy Hodgsonís initial strikers will fail to make the cut. With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford in top form, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are returning to full fitness and itís going to be a tough call.
Wayne Rooney may be Englandís all-time leading goal scorer but itís felt that Hodgson will follow Manchester Unitedís lead and play the skipper behind the main front man. That would leave a straight choice between Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the main centre forward role.
Of those two, Kane has five goals in 11 England appearances and seems more adept at carrying his club form through onto the international stage.
Updated 25th May 2016 at 09:17 AM by Veritas
by 11v11 Guest Blogger Brian Beard
Hands up all of you who gasped and were underwhelmed by Roy Hodgson's squad for the European Championships. The words that crossed my mind were; functional, pragmatic, unexciting. Then, for some reason, Denmark, 1992, and Greece, 2004, flashed across my mind (the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Euro, more the Euros eight years ago when the functional and pragmatic Greeks danced off with the trophy. Denmark were late substitutes for Yugoslavia 20 years ago and won the tournament, after plucking their players from beaches across the world. Sun beds and Ambre Solaire, as preparation, didn`t impair Schmeichel and co too much.
Am I suggesting the hurried installation of Roy Hodgson, with barely
Updated 25th May 2012 at 09:45 AM by 11v11