Who are the favourites for Euro 2020
09 Jan 2020 12:13 am, by YorkshireSquare
This summer sees Europe’s elite footballing nations go head to head at venues across the continent when Euro 2020 kicks off on 12th June. The last tournament in 2016 saw Portugal, led by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, triumph over France to lift their first ever major trophy. Portugal scraped through qualifying for Euro 2020 but will the runners up last time round take the title this time having won the World Cup two summers ago?
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France were second best at the last European Championships but that was forgotten as ‘Les Bleus’ went on to win the World Cup in 2018. The second time they had won the competition, twenty years on from Didier Deschamps lifting the trophy for France the first time. A victory for France would mark the second time they have held both the World Cup and the European Championship simultaneously, having won Euro 2000. A winning streak they will want to continue with the help of this guide to casinos in Africa with knowledge, insight, and tips. The France squad it littered with some of the best players in World football; Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, N'Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba to name but a few. For that reason, along with exceptional tournament pedigree, they are favourites to lift the trophy for a third time.
England are reborn under Gareth Southgate, the old guard are no more and a new breed of talented young English players are being brought through. The likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are proved goal scorers and there are more exciting players coming through such as Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. England impressed at the World Cup, reaching the semi-finals where they lost to Croatia in extra time. Some ghosts were put to bed in 2018 as England won a penalty shootout in a major competition, beating Columbia in the last sixteen. Southgate’s side are a further two years on in their development, Euro 200 could be their time to shine and are seen as second favourites by the bookies. If they call up Kalvin Phillips they could even win it!
Belgium are the new Spain, a golden generation of talented players who are always the bridesmaids they have yet to list a major trophy. Quarter finalists in Euro 2016 and third place at the World Cup in 2018 shows some progress towards a first major tournament win and the bookies have them as third favourites. Belgium should have an easy route through to the second round from Group B. ‘De Rode Duivels’ face Denmark, Russia and Finland in the group stages and barring a tricky trip to St Petersburg to face Russia should qualify without issue. With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard pulling the strings and Romelu Lukaku banging the goals in up front it is hard to write them off.
No longer underachievers Spain are certified winners having won the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship's in 2008 and 2012. They are already record setters in the Euros having been the first team to win back to back titles in 2012. Victory this summer would see them as the most successful team in the tournaments history with their fourth title. Spain will want to make up for a disappointing World Cup having lost to hosts Russia in the knockout stages. Never to be written off due to their pedigree Spain are currently fourth favourites but there has been some upheaval in the camp recently following the re-appointment of Luis Enrique as head coach.