Come On, England! Ahead of Euro 2012, Why Has the National Soccer Team Consistently Disappointed?

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That was then Captain Bobby Moore holds the World Cup trophy aloft at Wembley in 1966

As Euro 2012 gets under way on June 8 in Poland and Ukraine, a number of countries have reasonable claims to the continental title. Spain, the reigning world and European champion, will try to become the first team to win successive Euro titles, behind the ball-possession clinics run by midfield maestros Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. The German side, full of entertainment at the young feet of Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller, also figures to challenge. Beaten World Cup finalist Holland has an argument to make, as does Italy.

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