England `are going to win` Euro 2016: FA chief

England qualified for next year`s tournament in France by winning all 10 of their qualifying matches.

AFP| Updated: Dec 12, 2015, 20:20 PM IST
England `are going to win` Euro 2016: FA chief

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke was in bullish mood ahead of Saturday`s Euro 2016 draw, declaring his confidence that England "are going to win" the tournament.

"I`m looking forward to the draw, but I`m looking forward to the tournament even more because we are going to win," he told the BBC in Paris.

England qualified for next year`s tournament in France by winning all 10 of their qualifying matches, but they have not reached the semi-finals of a major competition since the 1996 European Championship.

Dyke inadvertently made the headlines during the draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he reacted to England being drawn against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica by running his finger across his throat.

England lost their opening two games against Italy and Uruguay, before drawing with Costa Rica, and were eliminated in the group phase at a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Roy Hodgson`s side are one of the top seeds in the Euro 2016 draw, meaning they will avoid hosts France, holders Spain, world champions Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo`s Portugal and Eden Hazard`s Belgium.