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Who Are the Leading Contenders for Euro 2020?

Many of the greatest teams in the world will battle for supremacy when Euro 2020 takes place across a range of European cities next summer. It promises to be a thrilling tournament featuring star names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Raheem Sterling, Virgil Van Dijk, and Eden Hazard. These are the leading contenders for glory:

England

Gareth Southgate’s exciting young England side are the outright favourites to win Euro 2020 next summer. The leading bookmakers all rate this team’s chances highly and the Three Lions have a great chance of success, according to the Sportsbookreview experts. These professional tipsters list several reasons why England fans can afford to feel confident about their team’s chances of success.

Firstly, the semi-finals and the final will take place at Wembley. 

It was the largest stadium submitted for the tournament – which takes place across the continent rather than a single host nation to commemorate its 60th anniversary – so they will benefit from partisan home crowds if they reach the last four. They went to the semi-finals of the World Cup, and they have been on an upward curve since then. 

Southgate’s men scored an astonishing 37 goals in their eight qualifiers. They have been absolutely destroying their opponents. The manager is unafraid to put his faith in youth and England has many of the world’s finest starlets coming through the ranks, such as Jadon Sancho. The likes of Sterling and captain Harry Kane are now entering the prime of their careers. The Three Lions also landed in a much easier group than their key rivals for the tournament, so they should breeze through to the knockout stages of the competition.

France

Les Bleus were the favourites to win Euro 2020 until they ended up in a group of death alongside reigning champions Portugal and 2014 world champions Germany. Yet they have more than enough quality to emerge from that group and go on to win the tournament. All four World Cup semi-finalists were from Europe at last year’s tournament, and France prevailed. They beat Belgium in the semis and then thrashed Croatia in the final to seize the famous trophy.

France was shaky in qualifying, and they particularly struggled against Turkey. That saw their aura of invincibility slip somewhat, but they still have several world-class players. Injuries could be an issue, but if key men Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are all fit then France will have an outrageously strong spine. They could well annihilate the opposition.

Belgium

Belgium’s golden generation peaked at last year’s World Cup. They went to the semis, but they were ultimately outfought by France. Now the legendary Vincent Kompany has retired, while Spurs duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have seemingly forgotten how to defend. The Belgians could struggle defensively at this tournament, but going forward they are a match for any team in the world. 

Eden Hazard is world-class and so is Kevin De Bruyne. Romelu Lukaku is a devastating center-forward and there is more talent in the shape of Dries Mertens, Youri Tielemans and others. Belgian won all 10 qualifying games and comprehensively beat Russia home and away, so they are certainly not to be taken lightly, but questions will remain over their defensive solidity.

Netherlands

There are no such worries for the Netherlands. They boast the world’s strongest defender in Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, and the talented Matthijs de Ligt sits alongside him. Their issues lie in the attack, but AZ Alkmaar teenager Myron Boadu is on fire this season. Barcelona playmaker Frenkie de Jong will pull the strings with aplomb in midfield, and Donny van de Beek is another highly talented player.

The Dutch lack the squad depth of their main rivals, but there are plenty of sensational players in their starting 11. If they get a bit of luck with injuries, and Boadu continues improving, they could be very dangerous indeed. 


The Rest

Spain can call upon all manner of technically astute players. They have struggled at major tournaments of late, but they have a very strong blend of youth and experience. You can never write off the Germans, particularly with brilliant youngsters like Kai Havertz emerging to play alongside Toni Kroos and co. 

Italy has a magnificent defense and Ciro Immobile is having a great season. Injuries permitting, they took could return to former glories. Champions Portugal is 20/1 outsiders, despite winning the UEFA Nations League last summer. They will have an outrageously devastating attacking, featuring Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Felix, so they are in the mix too. It promises to be a thrilling tournament.

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