A victory in the new manager's first game in charge has boosted the spirits of Three Lions supporters, according to the latest findings of the Sharp FanLabs survey
By Ryan Benson
England fans have become more confident about their chances at Euro 2012 since their 1-0 friendly victory over Norway on Saturday.
The win in Oslo gave new manager Roy Hodgson a positive start and that success has been reflected in the latest results of the Sharp FanLabs survey, which has been investigating the thoughts and personalities of supporters from all 16 participating countries at this summer's tournament.
This new development represents a turnaround after an initial drop of 29% in optimism after the 64-year-old's initial appointment as national boss.
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England fans are more confident since beating Norway
Since John Ruddy's injury, 9% more English supporters would be prepared to give up alcohol for a year to see their team win
Despite losing 5-3 to Switzerland, Germany fans are 4% more optimistic than they were before
10% more supporters want to see Spain defeated at the finals since they beat Serbia on Saturday
Despite that win, though, fewer fans fear the Spanish than they did before
Ireland fans are less optimistic since Keith Fahey’s withdrawal, but they are more committed than ever
Polish fans have become more committed since their win over Slovakia
The England faithful's feelings, however, are showing evidence of being turned by every twist and turn in the pre-finals build-up.
Since back-up goalkeeper John Ruddy had to withdraw from Hodgson's party with a broken finger, 9% more Three Lions fans would be willing to give up alcohol for a year if it meant seeing their side lift the trophy.
They are not, however, the only ones feeling better about their side's chances this summer, with the supporters of Poland even more committed to their team following the co-hosts' 1-0 win over Slovakia at the weekend.
Oddly enough, despite their unexpected 5-3 humiliation at the hands of Switzerland, who have not qualified for the tournament, Germany fans have become 4% more optimistic regarding their chances of winning Euro 2012 in the aftermath.
The feeling around the Spain team has changed, as well, with fewer fans worried about the possibility of facing the current champions despite their 2-0 win over Serbia in Saturday's friendly.
Coupled with that downturn in fear of the holders, an extra 10% are rooting for Vicente Del Bosque's side to be defeated in the tournament.
Republic of Ireland supporters have become less certain about their team's chances, however, since Keith Fahey's withdrawal from the squad due to injury.
Already the competition's most committed bunch, however, the Irish have rallied round to become even more so than ever.