"As Euro 2012 gets under way on June 8 in Poland and Ukraine, a number of countries have reasonable claims to the continental title. Spain, the reigning world and European champion, will try to become the first team to win successive Euro titles, behind the ball-possession clinics run by midfield maestros Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. The German side, full of entertainment at the young feet of Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller, also figures to challenge. Beaten World Cup finalist Holland has an argument to make, as does Italy. Not England. 'We have got to be a bit realistic,' noted Sir Trevor Brooking, director of football for the Football Association (FA), which governs the game in England, in a recent interview. 'For once, the expectations are not great because countries like Spain, Germany and Holland are more favored than ourselves.' "