Whatever happens next at Euro 2020, this England team are unlike any other | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate has built an England team to challenge the old, misguided narrative created by previous failures

We’re not creative enough. We’re not positive enough. We’ll go on getting bad results, getting bad results, getting bad results.

An interesting thing about years of hurt and all those oh-so-nears. When the lyrics to the great and apparently inexhaustible Three Lions were written, England had played only seven proper tournaments since they’d actually won the World Cup. Just one of those had been anything close to a near-miss.

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