How will the Home Nations do at Euro 2016?

England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all planning for Euro 2016 next summer.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all destined for France next summer, but what can we expect from them in the expanded European Championship?


Roy Hodgson could scarcely have asked for more on the back of a disappointing World Cup in Brazil last summer.

His Three Lions squad have qualified with a perfect record, scoring 31 times and conceding just three in what was admittedly a weak section.

Going into his third major tournament as England manager, Hodgson is sure to have learned some lessons from his Brazilian failure.

Glamour friendlies are in store against Spain, France and Germany before the finals and England will be employing full strength line-ups as Hodgson attempts to create belief, spirit and a winning mentality.

Ross Barkley has come to the fore in this campaign and the Everton midfielder is likely to be a cornerstone of the team in France.

Harry Kane has also burst on to the international scene and Hodgson could face a dilemma when it comes to skipper Wayne Rooney's inclusion in his starting XI next summer.

With the likes of Barkley, Kane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, this should be an England squad capable of making its mark at Euro 2016.

Hodgson will attempt to play down expectations between now and June, as he is entitled to, but England should be able to comfortably negotiate a path into the last eight - by which point anything is possible in tournament football.


The long gap has finally been bridged and the Welsh footballing nation will rejoice next summer in France en masse.

It is nothing more than Chris Coleman and his squad deserve following a strong push in edging out Bosnia, Cyprus and Israel in a competitive group.

Taking four points from six available against Belgium was the impetus for Wales to make their historic leap forward.

Coleman's team did so without the concession of a goal to the Red Devils and their defensive resilience was another key weapon in the armoury.

In Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, Wales possess the sort of attacking midfield talent that will be the envy of perhaps 20 nations next summer in France.

Bale is the superstar amongst the group and the Real Madrid player has developed a canny knack of scoring important goals at vital times for his country.

With a mean defence that is capable of restricting a good team - as they did with Belgium - and the talents of Bale in front of goal, Wales have the formula to cause a shock or two at Euro 2016.

Assuming that Coleman can keep his marquee players fit and the remainder of his squad grounded, Wales could easily mark their long-awaited tournament return with a quarter-final appearance.

Northern Ireland

Right now it is difficult to see Michael O'Neill's side making a serious impact in France.

Northern Ireland's progress has been built on spirit and a real sense of the group achievement superseding the sum of their individual talents.

There are no superstars in the Northern Ireland team and instead they are reliant on a journeyman forward like Kyle Lafferty to produce the goods.

Seven goals in nine appearances for Lafferty belied the form of a player who is unable to get regular game time for Norwich.

The sense of pride in the shirt elevates Lafferty and his team-mates to unprecedented levels when they pull on a green jersey.

O'Neill will have his fingers crossed for a favourable group draw and, if they are granted one, Northern Ireland could give the knockout stage a scare.

Coming out of the group stage would be a significant achievement for this squad.

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