Euro 2020 England preview: England, the strugglers in the national competitions, will be confident going into the UEFA Euro 2020. Over the last four years, England have steadily grown into a title contender under Gareth Southgate with youngsters making a mark. World Cup 2018’s semifinal finish was just the beginning.
That semifinal finish have given England the boost in confidence that they needed after years of under-par performance. As the final of the continental championship will be held at the Wembley Stadium in London, the Harry Kane-led side will be gunning for the title. The fact that in the last three years, four Premier League clubs have played in the UEFA Champions League final with two editions becoming an all-England affair including 2021’s competition.
In Europa League, English clubs have dominated as well and the results are not due to foreign players but also to the English players’ top performance in Premier League. From Harry Kane to Raheem Sterling, the established players have performed exceedingly well while youngsters like Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood have done superbly for their clubs.
England in Group D of Euro 2020: England are in Group D alongside World Cup runners-up Croatia, old rivals Scotland and the Czech Republic. The group is a difficult one with Croatia posing the greatest threat to England’s challenge, not to mention that it was Luka Modric’s side that eliminated England from the World Cup semifinals. In Scotland, Gareth Southgate has found an opponent that can pose a minuscule challenge due to the burden of the oldest rivalry in world football.
England squad for Euro 2020, Players to watch out for:
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount
England Euro 2020 Schedule:
June 13: vs Croatia, 6:30 PM at Wembley Stadium, London
June 19: vs Scotland, 12:30 AM at Wembley Stadium, London
June 23: vs Czech Republic, 12:30 AM at Wembley Stadium, London
England squad, Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Godfrey (Everton), 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), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).
England, Euro 2020 – Predictions
With a strong squad, it could be finally the time that a trophy comes home. Their best in the Euro remains a semifinal finish in 1996. This time though, Gareth Southgate’s England are expected to top Group D and fight for the title.