England's record at recent European Championships and World Cup tournaments has been something of a debacle, to say the least. For some bizarre reason, we (the fans) don't ever seem to learn, and expectations with the national team never seem to diminish going into tournaments. so the Goalhanger decided to have a look at what the realistic prospects were going into each tournament, and if they were met, exceeded, or fell horribly short.

2016 European Championships - France

Sent home in the 2nd Round

Last match England 1:2 Iceland

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Late winner against Wales. Slovakia six changes. Humbled by Iceland.

2014 World Cup - Brazil

Sent home in the Group Stage

Last match England 0:0 Costa Rica

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

One point. Two goals. Knocked out before Costa Rica match.

2012 European Championships - Poland/Ukraine

Sent home in the Quarter finals

Last match England 0:0 Italy (2:4 pens)

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Promising in group games. Majestic Pirlo. Penalty heartache.

2010 World Cup - South Africa

Sent home in the 2nd Round

Last match England 1:4 Germany

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Robert Green's USA howler. Awful Algerian draw. Outplayed by Germany.

2008 European Championships - Switzerland/Austria

Failed to Qualify

2006 World Cup - Germany

Sent home in the Quarter Finals

Last match England 0:0 Portugal (1:3 pens)

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Golden generation. Rooney sent off. Sven's last match penalty misery.

2004 European Championships - Portugal

Sent home in the Quarter finals

Last match England 2:2 Portugal (5:6 pens)

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Zidane injury-time double. Amazing Rooney, breaks foot. Beckham skies penalty.

2002 World Cup - Japan/South Korea

Sent home in the Quarter Finals

Last match England 1:2 Brazil

Realistic expectations Quarter finals

Expectation met ?

Tournament in Ten Words

Beckham's Argentinian redemption. 1st half Danish cruise. Ronaldinho lobs Seaman.