If we've learnt anything since King Kenny's departure from Anfield, it's that the club's fans are, on the whole, slightly detached from reality. That's natural, they were the dominant force in English and arguably European football for a generation.
I'm willing Hodgson's side to prove me wrong, and like Denmark and Greece before them confound all expectations and march to European glory; unfortunately however, this squad selection doesn't give me much hope.
I still love the beautiful game, but I struggle to defend it when fans of other sports poke fun at football. I'm sure you've heard it before - "what's with all this rolling around on the floor like he's been shot" or "they're not soft like those footballers you see on the telly".