Expectations were at an all time low and we were left scratching our heads in bemusement as to how a pub team like England qualified for this tournament to stand shoulder to shoulder with giants Sweden, Ukraine and France (ranked 17th, 52nd and 14th respectively).
Being the manager of Guernsey's national football team is more akin to managing an English county representative side than managing messers Terry, Rooney, Gerrard and co. That said, don't for one moment think there is any less passion or feeling involved.
The FA must be louder when it condemns homophobia, and tougher when players and fans engage in anti-gay abuse. Match officials and stewards must show that homophobia is unacceptable by taking robust action when they see it, inside and outside the ground.
On hearing the news that Manchester United and Scotland footballer Darren Fletcher is taking an extended break from football due to on-going issues with ulcerative colitis, my heart truly sank. Colitis is a terrible debilitating condition that has the potential to be life-threatening.
On the face of it, Blackburn's manager is a failure and their owners are nutters. And indeed, their financial gamble poses an existential threat to the club. But if Steve Kean can steer the club to Premier League survival, the potential rewards could be enormous.
St James' Park sits at the top of Newcastle like a colossus. I can see it from my window as I type. To a football-mad region, it is reassuring presence - a 52,409 seat monument that stands strong in the whirlwind of madness and mismanagement that has engulfed the club for decades.
Whether or not you want Rooney to attend the finals in Poland and Ukraine is a personal view. However, on balance, I'm not convinced that England are any better off with a player who is at times quite brilliant and at other times, a liability.