While we twiddled our thumbs, waiting for the new Premier League season, The Wharf worked out a league of European Championships, and the winner is … Spain.

(Spoiler alert – this doesn’t work out well for England.)

Yes, the three-time winners and reigning champions just so happen to be the most consistently successful team in the tournament’s history.

Spain have won 20, drawn seven and lost nine of their 36 games in the competition.

That’s the equivalent of 67 points, an average of 1.9 per game.

Read more Why last-ditch European entry gives West Ham a headache

Germany, who have also won the competition three times, have the next best record.

Like Spain they have also won an average of 1.9 points per game, but have a goal difference of +19 as opposed to Spain’s +21. Germany do have the highest points total of any side though, 80 to Spain’s 67 which is the second highest.

England’s record isn’t anywhere near as impressive. The Three Lions have played in 27 matches in the competition.

They’ve won just 10 of those matches, drawn five and lost 12. That works out at a total of 35 points, an average of 1.3 per game.

Only goal difference (+3) would separate them from 9th placed Sweden (+4) and 11th placed Norway (+0).

The European Championships as a league

Pos | Team | Points per game | Goal difference

  1. Spain | 1.9 | 21
  2. Germany | 1.9 | 19
  3. Portugal | 1.8 | 13
  4. France | 1.7 | 10
  5. Italy | 1.7 | 9
  6. Netherlands | 1.6 | 15
  7. Czech Republic | 1.6 | 1
  8. Croatia | 1.5 | 0
  9. Sweden | 1.3 | 4
  10. • England | 1.3 | 3
  11. Norway | 1.3 | 0
  12. Scotland | 1.2 | -1
  13. Russia | 1.2 | -5
  14. Belgium | 1.2 | -7
  15. Turkey | 1.1 | -5
  16. Greece | 1.1 | -6
  17. Ukraine | 1.0 | -2
  18. Denmark | 1.0 | -13
  19. Hungary | 0.8 | -1
  20. Slovenia | 0.7 | -1
  21. Republic of Ireland | 0.7 | -8
  22. Bulgaria | 0.7 | -9
  23. Switzerland | 0.6 | -8
  24. Poland | 0.5 | -4
  25. Romania | 0.5 | -9
  26. Austria | 0.3 | -2
  27. Latvia | 0.3 | -4