The local view on England's chances
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Managers, coaches and players across the region will be gripped, like all of us, by the prospect of England finally lifting a trophy again this summer.
To get those excitement levels going again, we asked two local managers for their thoughts on the tournament, starting with the key men in the eyes of Feniton manager James Hiscox.
“Harry Kane will be crucial and Phil Foden could be one of the very best in Europe,” said Hiscox. “He could be the one to unlock the doors.”
“Every year I believe but every year I’m let down, like everyone else. There is a lot of potential in the team, loads of youngsters coming through but the question is whether we can find the right formula.
“We definitely have a chance but I think France will be a major threat and Portugal look quietly dangerous.”
For Exmouth Town boss Kevin Hill, England have a real chance of making the last four but it is a question of handling the pressure.
“I think England could reach the semi-finals,” said Hill. “We are often there or thereabouts and the manager has done well.
“The problem for England is the pressure that builds up in the media. We blow ourselves up to be the biggest league and it seems like other countries get behind their team.
“If England start badly in the first game, we have a habit of cranking up the pressure. Sadly, it always feels like a few days before the first game a big story will come out that taints one of the players.
“It will be something about their personal lives and the media probably have the story already.
“If we are to succeed, Harry Kane will have to score the goals and Raheem Sterling has been very good.
“I would like to see someone like Jack Grealish given a chance and for England to play an attacking game. We are at our best when we play gung-ho football and the tight approach just doesn’t work for us.
“We always seem to be edgy in the first game but I would love England to play the Premier League way.”