The delayed Euro 2020 tournament is finally underway after a year’s wait, and it is sure to be incredibly competitive again. The usual suspects will take their place among the 24 qualifying nations, with the likes of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Portugal, all hoping to be crowned European champions at Wembley Stadium on July 11.
Can England go all the way?
There is a growing sense around Europe and England that this could be the year the Three Lions finally win another major tournament. England go into Euro 2020 as the 11/2 second favourites with BetVictor, behind current world champions France who are priced at 4/1favourites. Gareth Southgate has a squad that is certainly good enough to go far in the tournament and they have the added bonus of being able to play all three group games at Wembley, as well as a semi-final and final at the national stadium, should they get that far.
Harry Kane will be crucial for the Three Lions’ chances
England captain Harry Kane is one of the best forwards in the world. A consistent scorer who leads by example, he will be the first name on Southgate’s team sheet. Although his club future looks uncertain, having submitted a transfer request to Tottenham at the end of the season, he will be focused on the job in hand of leading his country to glory. In recent years he has added playmaking to his repertoire too, which gives England even more options for who can play alongside him in their frontline.
Southgate’s young squad is packed with talent
England has been blessed with the emerging and exciting talents of Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, and Jude Bellingham. Foden, in particular, has been compared to Paul ‘Gazza’ Gasco
Mount has burst on to the scene this season, inspiring Chelsea to the Champions League title and he will be hungry for even more success. Grealish has been excellent for Aston Villa, and is quickly becoming a fans‘ favourite too, while Sancho and 17-year old Bellingham have been impressive for Borussia Dortmund in Germany. The Three Lions’ attacking talent also includes Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, whilst Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell, Declan Rice and Reece James have all had great seasons domestically for their clubs.
England have struggled at Euros
England can’t boast a particularly strong record in the Euros, with their semi-final appearance at Euro 1996 a rare highlight. They crashed out of Euro 2016 to Iceland in the Round of 16, so will be desperate to improve on that performance given the talented squad they have this year. Here is how the Three Lions have faired in recent Euro tournaments: