There is nothing more stressful in the football world than being an England fan. From penalty heartbreak in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004 and 2006 to the agony of having to watch tournaments without any involvement in 1994 and 2008, there is no question that what little optimism Three Lions fans have left is fast running out.
Granted, the current crop of players may be decent enough to provide some moments of ecstasy for fans over the coming weeks, but with our nation’s track record in tournaments, you would be a brave man to expect anything other than despair in France.
On that cheerful note, we have provided a handy guide letting the fans know the FIVE things guaranteed to happen to England at EURO 2016.
Let’s just hope we are wrong this time…
With five of England’s last 10 tournament appearances ending in penalty heartbreak, you would be hard pressed to find any long odds on the Three Lions having to face a shoot-out yet again.
The likes of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy are all astute penalty-takers and rarely miss an opportunity from the spot. However, we also had some incredible penalty takers in previous tournaments… and we all know how they ended.
This one is a given.
Despite some incredibly easy groups in the past, England have rarely managed to grab all nine points on offer.
Instead, we draw with sides such as Algeria, or lose to a Romania – teams that sit significantly behind England in the rankings.
Whether it be at the hands of Slovakia, Russia or the Welsh, England are bound to give fans a scare and edge through the group by the skin of their teeth.
Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney… Marcus Rashford?
More often than not, when a young, untested player is thrust into the limelight in an England shirt, they capture the hearts of a nation.
Who can forget Michael Owen’s wonder goal against Argentina in 1998, or Wayne Rooney bursting onto the international scene in 2004?
Could young Marcus Rashford be the man to grab the headlines at this tournament?
What is the most fatal mistake you can make in an international tournament with England?
Ask David Beckham and Wayne Rooney and they will tell you that receiving a red card makes you an instant villain in England, especially if it effects the team’s progress in the competition.
With feisty young players like Eric Dier and Deli Alli set to feature in France, do not surprised to see an England star receiving their marching orders.
Whether we are losing to Uruguay in the sweltering Brazilian heat or being battered by Germany in the southern reaches of Africa, you can rest assured that the red and white laden fans of England will be there in numbers.
With this tournament just a short flight or train ride away, expect to see a whole host of supporters head to France and support our boys all the way.