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Another major tournament, another disappointment for England. They failed to live up to the hype in France and are left pondering the future once again.

Things looked positive going into the opening game against Russia, but only a single win was recorded in the Group Stages - against Wales - before an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last-16.

England Fixtures

England found themselves drawn against Wales in Group B, along with Russia and Slovakia. The Group B campaign opened with a 1-1 against Russia in Marseille, followed by a victory over Wales and a frustrating 0-0 draw against Slovakia.
 
 Monday, June 27th (20:00)
England vs Iceland

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England Squad

On May 16th, Roy Hodgson announced the 26-man squad for Euro 2016.

Click here to find out who will be in the England Starting XI.

The rules state that three of the players must be goalkeepers and the squad must be announced at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. With the European Championships starting on June 10th, and the 2015/16 Premier League season ending on May 15th, it was always likely that the England squad would be finalised right at the end of the domestic campaign.

Key Players

It's hard not to single out Wayne Rooney as England's key player. Euro 2016 will be the Manchester United striker's sixth major tournament for his country, but it will be his first as captain. The 30-year-old scored seven goals in qualifying, and it’s fair to say that if England are to do well at this tournament, the skipper needs to be on form.

Euro Qualification campaign

England qualified for France with ease, making it through to Euro 2016 as Group E winners. 10 wins from as many games gave the Three Lions maximum points, and England were the only nation to qualify for France with a 100% winning record - the first time they have done so in a European Championship qualifying campaign.
 
Hodgson's side racked up 31 goals in qualifying - a total second only to Poland (33).

History in the tournament

England have never won the European Championships, and they have never made it past the semi-finals of the competition. They first reached the final four of the tournament in 1968, and did so again as hosts in 1996. At the last European Championships in 2012, England made it to the quarter-finals, only to lose on penalties (shock, horror) to Italy.



 Wayne Rooney of England scores (Getty)

Top 3 England Bets

1) England v Wales – England HT / FT @ 29/20 with BetVictor

Everyone is talking up Wales, but let's be honest - England are a better side and will show it with a professional and dominant performance.

An early goal will of course help, but once the Three Lions start knocking the ball around as we know they can - not even Gareth Bale can stop them breaking through and winning the game.

If England play as they did against Russia, they'll get their first half goal this time and push on from there.

2) To collect seven points from Group B @ 3/1 with Sky Bet

Obviously nine points would be ideal, but seven should still be enough to top the group and that looks a perfectly achievable target for England.

They are three very winnable games, no question, but rarely does a seamless campaign occur for the Three Lions at a big tournament and there could be one minor scare.

We fully expect them to beat Slovakia, but the Russians will be dangerous and Wales will be fired up for the clash with their closest rivals.

3) Wayne Rooney to be top England goalscorer @ 9/2 with Paddy Power

Rightly or wrongly, Rooney will start every game as England captain and ended the club season in good form for Manchester United despite being asked to play deeper.

He scored with a fine finish against Australia recently and must not yet be written off despite it now being 12 years since he first burst onto the international scene at this tournament.

With this being the first senior international tournament for Kane, Vardy and Rashford, and doubts over Daniel Sturridge’s fitness, Rooney has to be the percentage call in this market.

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