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England: The Ultimate Euro 2020 Preview

It’s coming home?

Though the trophy may not be, football certainly is as Wembley hosts several games of Euro 2020 including both semi-finals and the final.

Gareth Southgate’s men are among the favourites for the title this summer, driven by a plethora of exciting and young attacking talent.

While questions remain in defence, England have the quality to match anyone this summer if they can find a balanced starting XI.

Group D: ENGLAND, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

Captain: Harry Kane

Head Coach: Gareth Southgate

FIFA Ranking: 4

Best Finish: Semi-finals – 1968 & 1996

Fixtures:

ENGLAND v Croatia – 13 June, 14:00 (BST). Wembley Stadium, London, UK

ENGLAND v Scotland – 18 June, 20:00 (BST). Wembley Stadium, London, UK

Czech Republic v ENGLAND – 22 June, 20:00 (BST), Wembley Stadium, London, UK

Qualification

The Three Lions rampaged through qualification Group A, scoring at least four goals in all but one of their eight games. A solitary loss in the Czech Republic and seven emphatic wins saw England qualify comfortably as group winners, with Harry Kane’s 12 goals the most of any player in qualifying. Kosovo, Montenegro and Bulgaria missed out on qualification, with the latter infamously embroiled in scenes of racist abuse during their home defeat by England.

Squad

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 (Atlético), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Source: UEFA.com

Danger Man – Harry Kane

One of the finest strikers in world football today, Harry Kane will captain the Three Lions and spearhead the attack this summer.

After a Premier League campaign in which he personally shone but Spurs disappointed, Kane will be hoping to bully opposition defences and lead his nation to glory.

Already sixth in the all-time list of English goal scorers with 34, Harry Kane’s quality is proven. 12 of those efforts came in qualifying – more than any other player – and included two hat-tricks.

One to Watch – Jude Bellingham

We’ve come to see a lot of the likes of Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka in the Premier League over the last two years, but the rise of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham has been meteoric.

12 months ago at age 16, Bellingham had just finished his first professional season with Birmingham City in the Championship. Few could’ve predicted he would make such an impact that he would travel to Euro 2020, but footballing maturity beyond his years and a sound technique have propelled the youngster to potential starter.

Premier League Representation

Unsurprisingly, a lot. Only three members of England’s 26-man squad are not currently on the books of a Premier League team – Kieran Trippier, Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho. Of those three, only Bellingham and Sancho are yet to make an appearance in the English top flight.

Route to the Final

  1. If England top the group, they will play the team that finish second in Group F (Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany)
  2. If England finish second, they will face the team that finish second in Group E (Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia)
  3. If they finish as one of the four best third-place teams, they will play the winner of either Group B, C or E.

After the second round, the draw will depend on which third-place teams qualified for the knockout stages.

Stats

  • England have won only one European Championship knockout tie in their history – a penalty shootout victory over Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 1996.
  • Harry Kane has scored in his last 12 consecutive European Championship and World Cup qualifying matches, stretching back to September 2017.
  • England have never won their opening game at a European Championships, despite leading into injury time in 2004 and 2016.

Sam Hanys

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Arsenal 0 0 0 0 0
2 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0
3 Brentford 0 0 0 0 0
4 Brighton & Hov… 0 0 0 0 0
5 Burnley 0 0 0 0 0
6 Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0
8 Everton 0 0 0 0 0
9 Leeds United 0 0 0 0 0
10 Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0
11 Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0
12 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0
13 Manchester United 0 0 0 0 0
14 Newcastle United 0 0 0 0 0
15 Norwich City 0 0 0 0 0
16 Southampton 0 0 0 0 0
17 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0
18 Watford 0 0 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0

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