Do you remember where you were when England were dumped out of Euro 2016?
The Round of 16 loss to Iceland was a miserable affair and one which will be long remember, no matter how successful this current crop of talents is.
After negotiating a group, including Wales, Slovakia, and Russia, the Three Lions fell at the first hurdle in the knockout phase.
A tame 2-1 defeat to the footballing minnows left England’s superstars feeling shame, but some are still around to tell the tale.
Harry Kane, John Stones, and Raheem Sterling will still feel the pain of that exit and do their all to ensure it doesn’t happen this time.
But where were some of their current teammates when they tumbled out of Euro 2016? talkSPORT.com takes a look and, spoiler alert, you’re going to feel old…
He might be the England no.1 right now, despite some decent competition, but in 2016 he wasn’t even Sunderland’s first choice.
Pickford had just debuted for the Black Cats but was still behind Vito Mannone in the pecking order.
And by starting against Tottenham in the Premier League in January of that year he completed the impressive feat of playing in England’s top five leagues before the age of 21.
Defensive midfield ace Rice had just signed a professional deal with West Ham United but was playing his international football for Republic of Ireland’s youth teams.
He even played for the senior side on three occasions before swapping nationalities in 2019. Now he’s one of the first names on the team sheet – much to Roy Keane’s annoyance.
Okay, he’s not one of the youngsters but, having just won promotion to the Premier League with Hull City, Maguire celebrated in style.
He went to Euro 2016 – but not as a player – he followed England with his family and friends as a fan!
Right now, the Aston Villa man is on a high and is England’s no.7 for the tournament, but in 2016 this outcome looked a long way off.
The Villans had just been relegated from the Premier League and poor Grealish lost all 16 matches he played in as they finished bottom of the table.
It’s been quite a turnaround!
He’d only just made his Manchester United debut but so precocious was his talent, England coach Roy Hodgson took him to Euro 2016, aged 18.
Rashford came off the bench against Wales and broke Wayne Rooney’s record to become England’s youngest ever player at a European Championship.
Now he’s making an impact off the pitch and has an MBE as he attempts to defeat child poverty.
Having played the first nine games of his senior career at Stockport County, the 19-year-old was set to go on loan to Grimsby from Manchester United.
The Yorkshire Pirlo had been making the odd appearance in the Leeds side but was about to have his breakthrough season in the Championship.
The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid was yet to make a senior appearance for Man City, a year after being signed from Watford.
It’s astonishing to think he’s now been sensational for three-and-a-half seasons in the Bundesliga.
When Euro 2016 was being played out, the striker was still on the books at Sheffield United after spending a season on loan with Northampton Town in League Two.
He would make his bow as an England youth international at Under-20 level later than year, just after signing for Everton in a £1.5m deal.
The only football young Mount had played this time five years ago was for Chelsea’s academy and England’s Under-16s and Under-17s.
It would still be a year before he first made his name out on loan with Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.
Manchester City’s magical young midfielder still hadn’t signed pro-terms with the club, that would come in July 2016.
His first involvement with the senior side would be at the end of the year, though, as an unused substitute against Celtic in the Champions League.
It may seem like the former Leicester ace has been around for a while now, aged 24, but he hadn’t even played a league game for the Foxes by the time Euro 2016 rolled around.
He had, though, just played nine games for Huddersfield in the Championship.
Still just an academy ace, the young right-back was yet to make his first-team debut when Euro 2016 began.
He would start against Tottenham in the League Cup that October, marking the beginning of his stunning ascent which has seen him win the Premier League and the Champions League by the age of 22.
Hard to believe it considering that Champions League final performance but James wasn’t even a professional at Chelsea in the summer of 2016.
The Arsenal starlet was just 14(!) when England were last in a European Championship.
So, while current teammates were losing to Iceland, he hadn’t even taken his GCSEs.
If you though Saka was young, get a load of this…
Borussia Dortmund ace Bellingham, now just 17 – had just finished Year 8 at school at the time of the tournament and wasn’t even 13.
Now we feel really old…
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