That team was so overhyped. As proven by the fact that your best player that tournament was the guy who wasn't playing in the Premier League and who most pundits thought didn't even deserve to be there, Owen Hargreaves.
Well yeah, it was overhyped because it failed. But with all the talent in there and every player starting for their clubs at the highest level in club football, it should not have failed. This was around the time where English clubs were balls deep in the Champions League latter stages.
Hargreaves was indeed the best player. Tbf, to England fans, Sven used to use him on the right until that tournament and he looked shocking as a winger. Once he played in the middle, everyone thought, "oh, so that's where he plays".
Originally Posted by Cookie Monster
The best chance was clearly 2004 in my eyes.
We had a fit Ledley King, a prime Sol Campbell, younger Ashley Cole, prime Gary Neville, prime David Beckham, prime Paul Scholes (for some reason being played out wide), younger Steven Gerrard, prime Michael Owen, Rooney bursting on the scene and impressing!
Cole, Gerrard and Rooney were better players in 2006. Fair enough on Becks, Scholes and Owen. I don't think defence was an issue at all in 2006. We looked comfortable defensively in Germany.
According to Souness, Gerrard's been England's most influential player of the past 10 years.
If you had to pick a player, who would it be? Ashley Cole has been the best player based on consistency, but he's not exactly influential.