Watch: Can England win the Euros?- Londoners share their hopes and fears

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England are playing the Netherlands on Wednesday (July 10) in the semi-final of the European Championships. 

There’s an expectation that, despite not playing well, they could reach the final on Sunday. But given the criticism of Gareth Southgate and the lack of goals, do England fans in London think ‘it’s coming home?’ 

Football fan Sam, from south east London, said: “I think we could win it now, yeah. We haven’t played well but that doesn’t mean we can’t win it. I think Spain will probably win it, but we’ve got the players. If their tails go up, we could do it!” 

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Football fan Sam from southeast London | Jack Abela

Others were less hopeful. Steve, from Crystal Palace, said: “I’m not sure. We’re playing very…delicately, shall we say? But no one knows. All you can do is hope, but it’s the hope that gets you.” 

Matthew has been watching England for 50 years and said he has had his heart broken hoping for a title for many of them. 

He said: “They can win it, of course they can if they’re still in it. But I very much doubt they will.” 

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On whether he thinks they can reach the final, he said: “Yeah they can. But there’s this very good team called Spain”, as a doubtful smile crept across his face. 

Stephen, wearing a red hat, was less colourful with his prediction: “I don’t think we’ll win it, no.” 

He added: “Unless they win on the law of averages, but I don’t think so.” 

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Matthew is not hopeful of England's chances of winning the Euros | Jack Abela

Fans have been calling for changes to the lineup, but the England manager has been stubborn with his selection. Sam said: “I’d like to see Cole Palmer get more minutes now, because he’s looked good, when he’s come on he’s had an impact.” 

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On England’s latest penalty performance Sam added:  "I thought the penalties were unbelievable, but also just the confidence of the players. They didn’t look scared at all. Ivan Toney didn’t even look at the ball.”

The England V Netherlands game will kick off at 8pm on Wednesday July 10.

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