The Journeyman | Three Lions: Part 5 – An Abrupt End…

World Champions England had made their way to the European Championships of 2036 in fine style, again winning every game during qualification.

We were drawn in a group alongside France, Norway and Serbia. And we warmed up for the tournament by thumping Romania 7-1, led by a Sir George Clarke hat-trick that took him to 68 goals in 81 caps. Then a Mason Greenwood brace led us to a 5-0 win over Andorra and saw him become England’s all-time record goalscorer with 74 goals in 144 caps.

And we went into EURO 2036 with this squad:

EUROs group

We opened up against Norway and breezed to a 2-0 win with Greenwood extending his goalscoring record and creating the opener for Lewis Pearson-Elsdon.

And we secured qualification with a 3-1 win over Serbia, with Sir Philip Cohen opening the scoring and Greenwood and Pearson-Elsdon scoring again.

Then, even with a rotated team, we sealed the group with a tight 1-0 win over France decided by Sir Phil Foden’s penalty, which took him to 52 goals in 186 caps.

EURO knockout stages

Just as we were about to prepare for a second round clash with Austria, domestic issues took over as I got offered a huge new job that took me away from Borussia Dortmund.

And this, accidentally due to a promise I’d made during the interview, saw my reign as England manager come to an abrupt end. Major OOPS!

Pep Guardiola took my job and led England to the final, beating Austria 2-0, Italy 3-1 and Ukraine 1-0. They went up against Spain in the final and drew 1-1, then wouldn’t you know it, lost it 5-4 on penalties!

Join us on Sunday (25 October) to see where this unexpected twist takes us and where we end up on our fifth leg of domestic football management!

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