What better way to predict an international football tournament than hold a fantasy football auction?
Just over a month ago, 11 Englishmen, three Welshmen, two Spaniards and a Somali walked into a pub with a £100m budget and a first eleven on their shopping lists.
English players, as they do on these occasions, attract exorbitant value. The heady mix of alcohol, football and hope proves too much.
Germans, Spaniards, Italians and French were the order of the day.
Icelandic and Welsh players (with the exception of one) were barely given a thought.
So how did that all pan out?
Bargain basement XI
Total cost: £22m
Poland, Wales and Portugal were the dark horses, making up more than half of the side. How on earth did anyone sign a first-choice Italian defender for point five?
At the time, £5m on Ramsey was seen as a Gunner’s folly.
Lloris, 28, £2m, Two Goals One Cup
Sigthorsson, 19, £0.5m, Sporting Lesbian
Pampered headphones XI
Total cost: £219m
Hardly a surprise to find four Englishmen here. A combined £59m for Kane and Rooney!
It was a disappointing four weeks for most-expensive signing Thomas Muller. Ozil’s form of the second half of the domestic season followed him into the tournament. Gotze’s World Cup winning performance didn’t.
Hart, 12, £9m, Napoleon Dynarod
Stones, 0, £9m, Le Horn d’Afrique
Darmian, 7, £11m, FYR Leeds
Ramos, 13, £16m, FYR Leeds
Rooney, 12, £29m, DR Young Boys
Kane, 7, £30m, Cowley Caliphate
Muller, 13, £40m, Sporting Lesbian