England could take a huge step towards qualifying for Euro 2016 in France with positive results against San Marino and Switzerland this week.
The Three Lions could be the first to qualify for the tournament, depending on if they can take care of business against San Marino on Saturday and Switzerland on Tuesday. England tops Group E on 18 points after six straight wins. Switzerland sits in second with 12 points. If Switzerland drops points against Slovenia and then lose to England and England beat San Marino, then Roy Hodgson and his men can start looking forward to spending part of next summer in France.
Hodgson spoke to his team and challenged them to step up and take their game to an even higher level after speaking about the win against Slovenia in June and then looking at the fixtures ahead.
“But he then said we can either go one way, keep winning and stay the way we are, or we can go up another level in our performances,” said midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to The Guardian. “Because there’s no reason why the England team, with the players we’ve got in this country, can’t go to the European Championships and win it.
“And that’s what Roy Hodgson wants us to do and what we all want to do. It was quite an upbeat meeting. He also spoke about winning all 10 games in the group and hopefully we can go out and do that. There’s no reason why we can’t and I think we’ve got the ability in the team. No matter who plays, I feel anyone can do a job. But first we must get these two wins. The manager just made it clear he wants us to win and I’m sure we can.”