The biggest football festival of the year is approaching, let’s take a look at the strongest candidates for the EURO 2021 crown.
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A year later than expected, Europe’s best stars will compete this summer to lift the prestigious Henri Delaunay trophy. It has been 5 years since Portugal was crowned in France, now which team is the strongest candidate for the EURO 2021 championship?
England team with a strong star cast
According to experts, the Three Lions are among the top two candidates at EURO 2021.
Coach Gareth Southgate’s students have progressed to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup despite not having high expectations. Notably, England’s squad that year has entered maturity this year and could even attend at least two or three other major tournaments.
With 3 years of experience and the rise of Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jack Grealish, the Three Lions will certainly enter the EURO finals with an even stronger squad in Russia. Three group stage matches played at home will be a great advantage for the team that is ranked 4 in the world.
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Euro and World Cup double for France?
The Goloa Rooster is the next candidate judged by analysts to have an equal chance of winning the championship with England. This is understandable when France is the reigning world champion.
With many of the stars who once proclaimed themselves at the World Cup still maintaining top form, coach Didier Deschamps and his students have a great opportunity to replicate the achievements of winning Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.
Les Bleus has incredible depth that stretches across every line. A team that wants to take the throne of course must have in the lineup of outstanding stars. In this regard, the French team is proud to have in the hands of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, the two most feared strikers on the old continent.
Unlike England, France will not be able to play any matches at home. But after what Deschamps’ teachers and students have demonstrated in Russia, this is probably not a big concern.
After taking third place at the 2018 World Cup, the Belgian team is considered experienced enough to dream of a big title. The Red Devils have a force depth that is not inferior to France and will likely go very deep.
With a series of excellent attacking stars such as Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and even Eden Hazard, Belgium promises to be the team to score the most goals at EURO 2021. Down the line, coach Roberto Martinez is also in hand. top names and seasoned experience. All in all, the Red Devils have all the elements of a potential champion.
The two successful teams of EURO, Germany and Spain, cannot be ignored. However, both are struggling in the generation transition and have both been disappointing in recent major tournaments.
Defending champions Portugal will enter the summer with a squad that is considered even stronger than five years ago. But Ronaldo and his teammates have not shown stable performance in 2020 and are still in the most difficult group at EURO.
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