England were destined for poor Euro 2020 after being disillusioned by World Cup

It's the hope that kills you, but the hope from England supporters this time around should never really be there.

The Three Lions went into Euro 2020 as joint-favourites with some bookies though have scored just once in two matches.

Following a 1-0 win over Croatia, Gareth Southgate's side were held to a goalless draw by rivals Scotland.

They should still progress to the knockout stages, but win the whole thing? Absolutely no chance.

Yes, the Three Lions made it to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup, but success was actually limited.

A Harry Kane stoppage time winner was needed to see off Tunisia before a thrashing over Panama, those giants of the footballing world, saw England into the knockout stages.

It meant changes were made for the final group clash against Belgium, with Southgate's side beaten.

Taken to penalties by Colombia, England then put in their best performance of the tournament to beat Sweden in the quarter-finals.

We all know what happened against Croatia in the last four, but England hardly had the most difficult route to get there, yet they still only managed to win three games in 90 minutes.

And in reaching the semi-finals, the hope and expectation of the nation rose too high heading into this summer's tournament.

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Wins over Tunisia, Panama, and Sweden should not have done that – but it did.

Of course, you can only beat who are in front of you, and not a soul would have complained had England made it to the final.

But we should stop calling that World Cup a success, just as we should stop harping back to Euro 96.

Reaching a semi-final has so often been deemed a good tournament, but when it boils down to results and performances, England have consistently struggled – pretty much since 1966.

The FIFA world rankings do nothing to help lower expectations either, with the Three Lions in fourth.

That's ahead of the likes of Portugal, who have a ridiculously strong squad, Italy, Spain, and Germany, forgetting the non-European sides.

When push comes to shove, it's hard to see England beating that quartet in a knockout game, let alone the world No. 1 and 2 in Belgium and France.

But success in Russia three years ago has the nation believing England deserve their spot at fourth, and should almost get given a bye into the Euro 2020 final.

That England went into Euro 2020 as joint-favourites with some bookies is just allowing them to make easy money.

There's no doubting the squad has plenty of talented individuals, but performances as a team continue to be average, at best.

And, unless England receive a 'lucky' route, they may have just two matches remaining at this summer's tournament.

We really can only hope for more.

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