England targeting perfect campaign

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by Free Picks USA - 9/15/2015 12:53 PM Share

English football fans will be urging their team on to continue their impressive progress under Roy Hodgson's guidance in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, with theEnglish football fans will be urging their team on to continue their impressive progress under Roy Hodgson's guidance in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, with the nation's supporters encouraged further by the head coach claiming ten wins from ten qualifying games should be a realistic target for his players.

Having already qualified for the tournament in France next summer following eight wins from their eight group games, only two more hurdles lay before his squad before England wrap up their qualification process - namely Estonia and Lithuania. Hodgson will no doubt be particularly keen to see a number of members of his current squad pushing on and pressing for a place in his starting line-up when the action gets underway in next June rather than resting on the laurels of yet another successful qualifying campaign.



It is a failure to continue the momentum from qualification into major tournaments that had frustated England supporters so much over the years; that they watch on as their heroes crush all-comers during qualifying before ultimately wilting under the lights when the competition gets underway for real. This was definitely the story last year, going unbeaten during qualifying only to suffer an early exit of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, dumped out of the tournament after collecting a solitary point from their group match against Costa Rica.



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The person who most accurately personally manifests this failure to perform on the biggest international stage is perhaps their talisman, captain and now all-time leading goal scorer, Wayne Rooney. Despite now amassing 50 goals for his country, he has been largely criticised for failing to replicate his club form when representing his country, to the extent where former England manager Fabio Capello suggested that Rooney "only plays well in Manchester". While you could be forgiven for dismissing Capello's words considering his failure with this England team, there is a semblance of truth to his words.

However, fans of international football betting might do well to buck this trend to change as Rooney - with the support of a young, vibrant and fearless squad - is starting to look more and more like the world beater that many deigned him when he burst onto the international scene to become the youngest player to score for England back in 2004. His volatile nature seems to have subsided in recent years, now replaced by an air of responsibility - suggesting the recent changes at Old Trafford have forced the captain to absorb some of the impact of the power vacuum in the immediate aftermath of Ferguson's departure, and grow up as a result.

Whatever the reason for this personal development, it could be the national team who see the benefits. Exactly half a century after England's finest hour - their little-heard-of 1966 World Cup win against West Germany - it would be fitting that with the Golden Generation consigned to the past and this current crop viewed more in hope than in expectation, could possibly provide Rooney the ideal platform to finally fulfil his potential on football's biggest stage.

It is a failure to continue the momentum from qualification into major tournaments that had frustated England nation's supporters encouraged further by the head coach claiming ten wins from ten qualifying games should be a realistic target for his players.



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