When it comes to making a disaster out of difficulty, we in England are the masters. No more so that when it comes to our national football team.
English fans already knew that the cards were stacked against them when Rooney was red carded and realized he would miss the first three matches of the tournament. One thing that then-national team manager Fabio Capello did get right, was to beg UEFA to cummute the ban, and he duly got his way and the penalty was reduced to two games. Even then, journalists in the media carped about the propriety of such a decision. The same journalists whom are now leading the false cheerleading of a lost hope.
Now we have the pessimism transformed into to kind of reverse psychology where, because we accept we have no hope of success, and have no expectation, by some twisted logic it means we actually have a better chance. In case you are finding that hard to follow, by following that logic to its conclusion, that would mean that Germany and Spain have no chance, because they are so far superior to us.