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Why England really could be set up for a decade of dominance regardless of Euro 2020 final result against Italy

Daniel McDonnell


Nothing fortunate about country’s regular presence at business end of tournaments

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Dan Ashworth with England head coach Gareth Southgate. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty

Dan Ashworth with England head coach Gareth Southgate. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty

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Dan Ashworth with England head coach Gareth Southgate. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty

They’ve had all the luck, right? The negative telling of England’s road to the European Championship final can be spun as a tale of home-town crowds and a dodgy penalty, with the added advantage of minimal travel on the kind side of the draw.

But there’s nothing fortunate about the broader journey that appears to be culminating with regular presence at the business end of major tournaments.


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