David Hirshey says England has always been his team and he'll root for the Three Lions, but he has 10 reasons why England won't lift this summer's European
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* History isn't on its side... In the half-dozen tournaments for which it has qualified since 1980, England has won six games out of 21 in open play. In only
two, 1996 and 2004, have they gone beyond the group stage.
* England's core is made up of players from the EPL's eighth place team -- Liverpool, which provides six players to the squad. To
put that sextet in context, there are more Reds representing England than Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund players on the German squad or La Liga winner Real Madrid heroes suiting up for Spain
* Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill: It has become an English tradition to lose key players just before big
tournaments but never before have three potential starters been ruled out in the space of one week.
* Besides a surprising 1-0 win over World/Euro champions Spain last November, when was
the last time the Three Lions dominated a country that wasn't the setting for a Sasha Baron Cohen movie? Aside from two romps over Bulgaria in Euro qualifying, England's results since
the 2010 World Cup read well enough -- 10 wins, four draws, two defeats -- but the caliber of opponents (just two games against teams in FIFA's Top 15) and abject nature of many performances (1-0 vs.
Wales, 0-0 vs. Montenegro, 1-1 vs. Ghana, 1-0 vs. Sweden) makes it look every bit like a mid-table EPL side. ...