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Euro 2016 predictions part 5: How far England will go – mixed expectations among COS writers

CaughtOffside’s Euro 2016 prediction pieces have so far been tournament wide, including picking which team will be crowned champions and which player will take home the Golden Boot.

But now it is time to focus on England. How far do our writers think the Three Lions will go in France? Ironically it is our non-English reporters who are most optimistic about our chances!

Jonathan Machlin, US-based Reporter
Twitter: @jtmlovessports
Prediction: Semi-finals

“I can envision them in the semi-finals, absolutely. They’ll win Group B, beat whatever third-place team they face in the round of 16, then most likely face Portugal in the quarter-finals and beat them too. After that though, I suspect they may hit a wall against France or Spain, but you never know.”

Emre Sarigul, Turkish-Football.com
Twitter: @Turkish_Futbol
Prediction: Semi-finals

“I was quite disappointed with Roy Hodgson’s squad selection but England still should have enough quality in the final third to reach the later stages.”

Sumeet Paul, Reporter
Twitter: @SP_Calcio
Prediction: Semi-finals

“England should be more than confident of getting out of their group as they’ve got enough in their squad to get to the latter stages of the tournament. However, in my opinion, they’ll lack something against the top sides and depending on the draw, they’ll eventually get unstuck.”

Jamie Vardy Raheem Sterling England

Joshua Parr, Social Media Analyst
Twitter: @Josh__Parr
Prediction: Semi-finals

“Well l wasn’t going to jinx us and say the final, was I?”

Ed Dove, Reporter
Twitter: @EddyDove
Prediction: Quarter-finals

“Heart says semis and beyond. In reality, quarters before being outdone by Portugal…again!”

The rest of the staff fear that England could fall at our first major hurdle…

Jordan Chamberlain, Empire of the Kop Editor & CaughtOffside Contributor
Twitter: @Jordan_AC90
Prediction: Last 16

“We’ll get through the group (it’s impossible not to with half the third-placed teams progressing…), but we’ll lose in the round of 16 against our first real opponents of note.”

Joe Fish, Reporter
Twitter: @JoeFish08
Prediction: Quarter-finals

“As far as the draw allows them to go. As soon as England face a decent side, their defence will be exposed. Another quarter-final exit against Portugal could be on the cards, and if they get that far, then it won’t be in style.”

John Stones England v Netherlands

Eren Sarigul, Turkish-Football.com
Twitter: @Turkish_Futbol
Prediction: Last 16

“England are strong enough to qualify for the last 16, but will come unstuck against stronger opposition.”

Ashley Attlee, AllArsenal Editor & CaughtOffside Contributor
Twitter: @Attlee
Prediction: Quarter-finals

“Honestly I think this will all depend on who gets who in the knockout stages. As soon as England come up against top-quality opposition, I think they’ll crumble, and I predict that will be in the quarter-finals. A lucky draw might see them into the semis, but I feel that’s their limit.”

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