Xavi Backs England For Euro 2016 Success

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Veteran Spanish midfielder Xavi believes it possible for England to win the Euro 2016.

The three lions are yet to win any silverware since winning the 1966 world cup.

And Xavi who has won the Euro’s back to back, in 2008 and 2012, knows England can win it.

“I think England have a real chance,” the 36-year-old told The Mirror.

“Before we [Spain] won our first title I believe it was the pressure that meant we never progressed past the quarter-finals. Because of our quality there was so much pressure on us – and it got to us.

“England – when they had their golden generation of [Frank] Lampard, [Paul] Scholes, [David] Beckham, [Steven] Gerrard – had that same pressure and it is difficult to cope with. Mentally it can be a big block.

“Now England have this new generation of [Harry] Kane, [Raheem] Sterling, Dele Alli and the English guys that have doing incredible things for Leicester [City].

“They have some very good players, but I don’t think there will be the same expectation on them to win the tournament.

“That could work for them, because it allows them just to go and play football. If they can get their leader and great player Wayne Rooney back then they have a big chance.”

As for Vicente del Bosque’s side, the former Spain international said of their chances: “There is no reason why Spain can’t make it three European Championships in a row.

“We have a team that can beat anybody. [Cesc] Fabregas, [Gerard] Pique, [Andres] Iniesta, [Sergio] Ramos all know what it takes to win the tournament, but also we have a new generation of players who can bring new life.”

Xavi added: “Of course it will be difficult, but there is a lot of reasons to be confident. Germany will be another of the big favourites. They are the current world champions and have some exceptional players.

“In these tournaments you can underestimate the importance of playing at home, so because of that and also the quality of some of their players you also have to consider France as well.”

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