Finishing second in a Euro 2016 group containing Wales, Slovakia and Russia will have been bitterly disappointing for England, while history suggests things are only going to get worse.
The Three Lions have never got beyond the quarter finals of a major competition after ending the group stage as runners-up and rarely spend much longer in the tournament.
Five of their last seven second-placed finishes have seen the country dumped out in the following round, a repeat of this at Euro 2016 is priced at 19/10.
Three of the five quarter finals they have made it to in a similar set of circumstances to what Roy Hodgson’s side find themselves in now were all in competitions that had no second round, in 1962, 1970 and 2004.
Therefore, the nation has to be worried about an early return home from France.
The most recent instance of England failing to win their group but advancing came at the 2010 World Cup and ended in disastrous circumstances.
Fabio Capello’s men laboured to draws with Algeria and USA, before picking up a victory over Slovenia to go through behind the Stars and Stripes.
A meeting with Germany was their reward, with Die Mannschaft romping to a 4-1 win in South Africa.
Even more troublingly, in terms of examining a trend, England picked up the exact same number of points in the group in 2010 as they have in 2016, amassing five in both competitions.
There is a chance England will get Portugal in the second round and this makes the chance of an early departure even more probable.
Indeed, the Seleccao have eliminated the Three Lions from a major competition twice this century, in Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company will be the opponents for Hodgson’s men if the Euro 2004 hosts end up second in Group F and England have to be hoping this doesn’t happen.