IT’S the big European question that’s on everybody’s lips. Impossible to get away from, everyone’s got an opinion – even the still-undecideds – and most of those are convinced they’re right.
Should England manager Roy Hodgson start with Rooney, Kane and Vardy at Euro 2016 or leave one of his star strikers on the bench?
Here at CEJ Contractor Accountants, we’re not going to be so presumptuous as to advise you on the other European issue troubling the UK population this summer. We’re financial experts, not political ones, and we’ll be here to help you work with any issues that may arise whether the UK votes to Brexit or not to Brexit on June 23.
Instead, we’re getting excited about the first major summer football tournament in two years and, even if you don’t much care for football, we’ve got a good reason for you to get excited too.
All we need you to do is pick the two teams you think will come first and second in France (we need you to specify winner and runner-up) and anybody who gets it right will receive an equal share of our £100 prize fund.
It’s not as easy as it might sound – in the 14 tournaments since the European Championships started in 1960, there have been nine different winners – and anybody going for Germany on the basis that “they always win” might be surprised to learn that they haven’t done so since 1996.
And if you’re thinking of plumping for France because they have a history of winning tournaments played on their own turf, be aware that the Michel Platini-starring 1984 side are the only host nation to have ever won the Euros.
As for England, well, go there if you must. But don’t discount history: the best we have ever done is third: once as world champions in 1968 and once as hosts at Euro 96.
Cast your votes by commenting on this blog or, better still, on our Facebook page. All votes must be cast by close of play on Monday.