England, are one among the favourites in this summer’s European Championships, as they boast a squad that is considered to be one of the strongest they have in recent years. Gareth Southgate has a squad that is a proper mix of young talents and seasoned veterans and will likely harbour hopes of going all the way in the tournament.
Euro 2020 England Preview
England’s recent exploits in major international avenues include their heartbreak against Croatia in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they eventually finished fourth after losing again in the third-place play-offs against Belgium. Their performance in the tournament was well received by the fans, with eye-pleasing and exciting footballing displays throughout the length of their campaign at Russia. However, The Three Lions’ record in the Euros has been quite the ones to forget, as they had lost against underdogs Iceland in the Round of 16 in the previous edition of the Championships held in France.
England Squad for EURO 2020
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton).
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), To Be Named.
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
EURO 2020 Key Players for England
For the Euros, England has named a very young and talented squad, with coach Gareth Southgate making no secret of his faith in youth and his team will head to the tournament with the youngest and the least capped squad in the summer tournament.
Star striker Harry Kane will spearhead England’s attack at the Euros, who has been on a goal-scoring spree recently, as he notched up the Golden boot and Playmaker of the Season awards in the Premier League with 23 goals and 14 assists to his name with Tottenham.
Jack Grealish will be the one to watch out for, with his sudden quick bursts of pace, neat dribbles behind opposition lines, and needle-like threading of passes into spaces, seamlessly integrated with the flair he carries, which often poses a threat for the opposition, as ex-Manchester United legend Roy Keane hailed his role is ‘like Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal’.
The England squad is studded with young sensations like Phil Foden of Manchester City, Champions League winner Mason Mount of Chelsea, Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who have been in ravishing form last season. complementing them are seasoned veterans Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and captain Harry Maguire of Manchester United, whose fitness will be crucial if England are to favour their chances in the tournament.
Other Players To Watch : Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount.
EURO 2020 England Group Stage
England have been allotted a relatively easier group in the EURO 2020, where they will face Czech Republic, neighboring foes Scotland and Croatia, who had knocked them out in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and England will be looking to exact revenge this time. The feisty clash with Croatia will definitely be the one that we should be looking out to watch, as the Croats boasting a strong squad with the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic, and Marcelo Brozovic all looking in good touch. Neighbouring foes Scotland have good players in their squad this time in seasoned Premier League campaigners Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn, and Scott McTominay who could pose a serious threat to the Three Lions.
England are to start their campaign against Croatia in a Group D fixture at Wembley in London on June 13th. If England are the winners of group D, they will face the runners-up Group F. But if they finish second, they will face Group E runners-up, and on finishing third they will encounter either of Group B, C, or E winners in the Round of 16.
EURO 2020 England Group Stage Fixtures
|Sunday, June 13||England vs Croatia||6:30 pm||Wembley, London|
|Saturday, June 19||England vs Scotland||12:30 am||Wembley, London|
|Wednesday, June 23||Czech Republic vs England||12:30 am||Wembley, London|
England’s History in the EUROs
England’s previous record in the Euros has never been that good, as the closest they went to the title was a third-place finish back in 1968 in Italy, under the captaincy of Bobby Moore, while boasting a legendary team featuring Gordon Banks, Sir Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves and many more. In 1996, when they qualified as hosts, the Three Lions exited the Championships in the semifinals to Germany, thanks to Gareth Southgate’s infamous penalty miss, who is coincidentally England’s manager this time. Since then, the 1966 World Champions have never been able to cross the quarters.
|Year and Venue||Position||Result|
|Italy 1968||Third place (3rd of 4)||lost 1-0 Yugoslavia |
(won 2-0 vs Soviet Union in third round playoffs)
|Italy 1980||Group Stage exit (6th of 8)||got knocked out in the first round|
|West Germany 1988||Group Stage exit (7th of 8)||lost all three matches|
|Sweden 1992||Group Stage exit (7th of 8)||drew 2 matches and lost 1|
|England 1996||Semi-Finals (3rd of 16)||lost 6-5 vs Germany in Tie Breaker |
|Belgium/Netherlands 2000||Group Stage exit (11th of 16)||won 1 match and lost 2|
|Portugal 2004||Quarter-finals (5th of 16)||lost 6-5 vs Portugal in Tie Breaker|
|Poland/Ukraine 2012||Quarter-finals (5th of 16)||lost 2–4 vs Italy in Tie Breaker|
|France 2016||Round of 16 (12th of 24)||lost 1–2 vs Iceland|
Alan Shearer, the iconic Newcastle United striker, is the highest scorer for England in the Euros, with 7 goals in 9 matches, maintaining a goal average of 0.78 per game, who was also the Golden Boot winner in the 1996 edition of the tournament held in with 5 goals in 5 matches.
England’s Chances in EURO 2020
England are definitely one of the stronger sides in the EURO 2020. They have formidable strength in attack with Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, and Jack Grealish all in good form. They also have many sensational talents in Phil Foden, who had been in good form throughout the season with Manchester City, leading them to the Premier League trophy, a fourth successive Carabao cup and finished as the Champions League finalists, and Mason Mount, who is the Champions League winner with Chelsea and proved to be pivotal for Tuchel’s side.
But, England lacks a bit of balance in their squad with the defense relatively weaker and Harry Maguire’s fitness could be a serious issue. Captain Jordan Henderson also has fitness issues and in the absence of both him and Maguire, the squad could be lacking the figure of a leader. Trent Alexander Arnold’s missing out due to injury could also prove to be critical, with the Red right back in a good form recently, but Southgate has some options in Trippier and Walker to make up for his absence.
However, if England top their group, they will be facing the ‘Group of Death’ Group F runners up, which could be either of World Champions France, Germany or defending Champions Portugal in the Round of 16, and this could prove to be a major impediment in the Three Lions’ path to glory.
England Prediction for EURO 2020
It may look an easy group for England, but there is a click there. If they finish top of the group, they will have to face Group F runners-up in the Round of 16, which can either be France, Portugal or Germany. Even if they finish second, they could face Spain or Poland of Group E. England are the favourites to win their group but then face probable chances of an early exit in the knockout stages.
Final Prediction : Knocked Out in the Round of 16.
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