Theo Walcott has suggested that he sees no reason why England cannot go on and win Euro 2016 after becoming the first nation to qualify for next summer’s tournament, the Daily
The Arsenal man came off the bench to bag a brace as Roy Hodgson’s men defeated San Marino with unsurprising ease. The victory in Serravalle ensured that the Three Lions booked their place in France with three games to go, and Walcott believes that their largely comfortable qualification campaign should give them the belief that they can go all the way (via Express).
“It’ll definitely be a big achievement if we can go far. I am sure that we can. The manager has got that in our system, that he believes in us,” he said.
“The belief is there, the confidence is there, so why not?”
The fact that England have now secured their place in the tournament should allow Roy Hodgson to use the final three games of the group to definitively decide upon his best system, and which players best suit that system without the pressure of worrying what the implications may be for fielding a more experimental style.
Although it is several months until the competition begins, and thus, some stalwarts of the side may suffer with injuries or bad form, or some unexpected names may emerge from nowhere to stake a claim for a place in the squad, the final three games of the group, as well as the friendlies after, should be used to develop a chemistry that goes on to peak on the 10th July in the Stade de France.
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