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Euro 2016 team preview: England aim high despite low expectations

Group B: England | Russia | Wales | Slovakia

Perennial underachievers on the big stage, England arrive in France with reduced expectations. Nonetheless, reaching the quarterfinals will be seen as the minimum aim, and fans will dream of greater success on the 50th anniversary of the country's 1966 World Cup win.

How they qualified: First in Group E

England eased through by winning all 10 qualifiers in a group that offered little danger. Wayne Rooney led the way with seven goals, while Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling emerged as the campaign went on.

How they'll proceed:

Twenty years after England reached the last four as host nation of Euro '96, a mixture of youth and experience must come together, but the quarterfinals might be the best they can hope for.

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England reached the quarterfinals at Euro 2012 before going out on penalties against Italy.

Predicted lineup:

(4-2-3-1); GK: Joe Hart; DF: Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose; MF: Eric Dier, Dele Alli, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana; FW: Harry Kane.

Key player: Wayne Rooney

The teenage sensation of Euro 2004 is now the 30-year-old captain of his country. Rooney is England's all-time leading scorer, but not since he plundered four goals 12 years ago has he truly shined on the biggest international stage. Can he roll back the years in France?

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Appointed in the buildup to Euro 2012, the 68-year-old has proved a safe hire in the aftermath of Fabio Capello's tumultuous time in charge. Hodgson guided England to the quarterfinals in Poland and Ukraine but has something to prove after a dreadful showing at the latest World Cup.


June 11 vs. Russia (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)

June 16 vs. Wales (9 a.m. ET/1 p.m. GMT; Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens)

June 20 vs. Slovakia (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne)

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