England have 'real chance' to win Euro 2016 - Spain legend Xavi

England can win their first ever European Championship this summer, according to former Spain and Barcelona great Xavi.

Xavi, 36, won back-to-back European Championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012 and believes that England's new generation can overcome the mental block of previous years and win the trophy.

"I think England have a real chance," he told The Mirror. "Before we [Spain] won our first title I believe it was the pressure that meant we never progressed past the quarterfinals. Because of our quality there was so much pressure on us -- and it got to us.

"England -- when they had their golden generation of [Frank] Lampard, [Paul] Scholes, [David] Beckham, [Steven] Gerrard -- had that same pressure and it is difficult to cope with. Mentally it can be a big block.

"Now England have this new generation of [Harry] Kane, [Raheem] Sterling, Dele Alli and the English guys that have doing incredible things for Leicester [City].

"They have some very good players, but I don't think there will be the same expectation on them to win the tournament.

"That could work for them, because it allows them just to go and play football. If they can get their leader and great player Wayne Rooney back then they have a big chance."

England reached the semifinals of the Euros in 1968 and 1996, but have failed to win any silverware since lifting the World Cup in 1966.