Thanks for the lesson, but I already knew all of that. The logic behind my opposing them winning the Euros is the same as my logic behind opposing them winning the World Cup, plus both events are more or less the same, only one of them doesn't have Brazil in it. Any other differences are minor; it is still a big national tournament.
I think there is a big difference - I would say it is like comparing the Premier League to the Champions League.
The World Cup sees all countries take part while the Euros sees only European countries take part. The European Championships is more like the equivelant of the Copa America or the African Cup of Nations.
In the world cup, most of the most successful teams are European. Does the absence of Brazil mean so much? Let time I looked, they were pretty much the only non-European team that regularly put up a good challenge for the world cup.
How would 11 Englishmen winning a game against 11 Spaniards be worth any less now than in two years time? The quality of the team is not determined by the presence or lack thereof of other teams, so a victory over whoever should be worth just as much commendation.
I'd give it up if I were you mangaman. Mutsumi Logic™ seems to suggest he doesn't want England to win (anything, at all) because he doesn't want to hear people talk about their victory afterwards.
International tournaments usually make for a better watch than your average Boro match, so I'll probably tune into a few. Will be supporting England because to do otherwise would make me feel like a traitor, though I often wish we had a British football team (it would probably be better).
It is pretty much just football which I oppose England winning at. The common English football fan behaves in a manner I dislike, as do many of the players themselves. I'll support England in other sports, but more because I might find the particular sportsman to put on a good show and be a likeable character. Jensen Button, for instance. His performance in the wet is why I like wet races so much; he puts in such a good race, and he is a nice character too. I no longer support something just for being British. A nationality is just a label, it does not bestow and special quality on anyone or anything. We're just a bunch of humans doing things anyway, what does it matter if that person is English, British, Iranian, Polish or Japanese?
I would also prefer a British team rather than an English team. Why divided anyway? At the Olympics we have Team GB, why not for football?
Glad to see I'm not the only one choosing to support a different country for this tournament.
tl;dr: I can't think of a witty summary, so you'll just have to read the long version. Sorry.
If Germany don't win, i'd like to see one of the...'lesser' teams win.
I also like to support the underdogs. I feel that if a weaker competitor wins, they must have really worked hard for it in order to overcome the odds.