When pundits and analysts sat down to analyze and predict the fortunes of various teams prior to the onset of Euro 2012 many agreed that the Germans, Dutch and Spanish would be the top contenders for the trophy.
The Portugese were also highly rated save for the caveat that they normally failed to go all the way in major tournaments. The Italians and French were also expected to give as good as they got.
Few, if any, gave the English the chance of winning the trophy.
Well things have changed slightly. The English have been un-spectacular at this edition of the Henri Delaunay tournament in the group stages but they have also been very effective, dogged and persistent a trait rarely seen in English teams in the recent past.
At 2-1 many would have written off the English against a vibrant Swedish side in the group stages but they came back to win against all odds. Against Ukraine some would have expected them to flounder but they scored the all important opening goal and hang on to win. They defended well against the French and generally gave a good account of themselves in the opening game.