Poll of the Day: How far can England go at Euro 2012?

Following the appointment of Roy Hodgson, can the Three Lions mount a charge to win the competition for the first time in their history or will they disappoint yet again?


It's that time again, as England are set to embark on another campaign in a major tournament with the hopes and expectations of the nation riding on their shoulders.

But what can we expect from the Three Lions this time around, with a new manager installed just a month before the first game of Euro 2012?

Roy Hodgson has had little time to shape the England team to his taste, with just one warm-up game played so far - Saturday's 1-0 win over Norway - and only a friendly against Belgium remaining before his side play France on June 11.

Despite success in his opening game, the former West Brom boss is still to convince many that he is the right man to lead England to glory, with only triumphs in Scandinavia standing out on his managerial CV.

Looking at the England team objectively compared to other nations tipped to perform well in Poland and Ukraine such as Spain and Netherlands, Hodgson may have a much weaker squad at his disposal.

Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are arguably the Three Lions' only world-class players compared with the embarrassment of riches from which Vicente del Bosque has to choose.

England will even be without Manchester United striker Rooney for the first two games, due to his suspension for a needless red card against Montenegro in the final qualifier.


So, could England potentially be a dark horse in the competition like Greece in 2004? Or will they suffer the same old disappointment? Could they go one better than usual and reach the semi-finals? Or even carve out a heroic route to the final? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll, leaving a comment below or getting in touch through Facebook or Twitter.