Every tournament has dark horses who can churn out surprises and go a long way. Euro 2020 has an entire group of dark horses – Group D, featuring England, Croatia, the Czech Republic (which won the title in 1976 as Czechoslovakia) and Scotland.
England has been a perennial underperformer in world football. Ever since it won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, it has not reached another final in a major tournament. The Three Lions have made the semifinals twice each at the European Championship (1968, 1996) and the World Cup (1990, 2018), while also finishing third in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2018-19.
Even England’s Golden Generation, which featured the midfield trio of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, did not attain success in major competitions and failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
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The current side managed by Gareth Southgate has been…