England Euro 2020 Team Guide and Betting Odds

England Euro 2020

  • England are one of the three favorites to win Euro 2020, along with Belgium and France
  • The 2018 World Cup semi-finalists are under pressure to go further
  • England have excellent attacking options but are relatively inexperienced

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Not since the 2010 World Cup have England entered an international tournament with as much expectation as at Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate has some highly gifted players to call upon, with the emergence of a precociously talented group of youngsters having proved particularly exciting.

With all three of their group games set to be held at Wembley – as well as the semi-finals and the final – England are among the three favorites to lift the trophy. There are some question marks in defense and it remains to be seen exactly how Southgate will set his side up, but the feel-good factor is back for the England national team. It could even take them all the way to Euro 2020 glory.

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Winner +540
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Reach the final +250
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Reach the semi-finals +120
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Reach the quarter-finals -167
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Harry Kane to finish as top scorer +650
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Phil Foden to be Young Player of the Tournament +500
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Euro 2020: England Tip

Back England to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020. The Three Lions certainly deserve to be among the leading contenders, but they will probably come up short.

Harry Kane is a good choice for the top scorer prize, although he will face stiff competition from the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo.

How England Qualified to Euro 2020

England booked their spot at Euro 2020 by finishing top of their qualifying group. Southgate’s side picked up 21 points out of a possible 24, scoring 37 goals – a tally that only Belgium could better – and conceding six.

Their only defeat came against the Czech Republic in October 2019. Kane gave England the lead that night, but the visitors to Prague still went home empty-handed.

European Championship Record

England, in truth, have a rather poor record at European Championships. They have never won the competition; even worse, they have only ever won one game in the knockout stage of the competition – and that was on home soil and after a penalty shoot-out.

England’s best showing came at Euro 1996 when they had the advantage of being hosts. Either side of that competition, at Euro 1992 and Euro 2000, they crashed out in the group stage.

At Euro 2016, England suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in the national team’s history when they lost to Iceland in the round of 16.

England Euro 2020 Formation

That is still unclear. Southgate likes to switch between a three-man and four-man backline depending on the opposition, and he will probably continue to do so throughout Euro 2020. Some see such flexibility as an asset, as it keeps other teams guessing and means England have a ready-made plan B up their sleeve. Others believe the lack of clarity to be damaging to cohesion.

For the opening game against Croatia, England look set to line up in a 3-4-3 formation. Harry Kane will start up front, Kyle Walker and John Stones will play in defense, Jordan Pickford will be in goal and Declan Rice will anchor the midfield. Apart from that, no one is assured of a place in the starting XI in England’s first outing.

Strengths

England have superb strength in depth in attacking areas. Kane is guaranteed to lead the line, but Southgate has a headache about who to deploy in the two positions beside him. A quintet of Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden represents an incredible array of options. Mason Mount could also be used in the forward line, despite being a midfielder by trade.

England also have depth at full-back or wing-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the tournament through injury, but that still leaves Southgate with Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James on the right side, and Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell on the left.

Rotation could be vital at Euro 2020, which comes at the end of a grueling domestic campaign. In forward areas and at full-back, England have plenty of choices.

Weaknesses

Jordan Pickford’s form picked up in the second half of the Premier League season, but his shot-stopping still leaves a lot to be desired. There are also doubts over his temperament, although the Everton goalkeeper did perform well at the 2018 World Cup.

With Harry Maguire currently injured, England’s defensive unit does not look overly sturdy. John Stones is of the required standard, but there are still question marks over Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady at this level.

England’s youthfulness is not a weakness as such, but it could be a factor in a high-stakes semi-final against a team like Portugal, France or Belgium. Several key players are relatively inexperienced, and it remains to be seen how they will handle the pressure.

England Euro 2020 Player to Watch

Harry Kane. There is much excitement about the likes of Foden, Mount and Sancho, three players who surely has many more international tournaments ahead of them. Kane is still England’s talisman, though, and it is hard to see the Three Lions winning the trophy if their captain is below par.

Now widely regarded as one of the best strikers on the planet, Kane will be key to his country’s chances of glory this summer.

Manager

Gareth Southgate. An underwhelming choice to succeed Sam Allardyce, who lasted for just one game, the former defender has since won the public over.

He has made great strides with this England team and given them more of a modern identity, while also emerging as a statesmanlike figure off the pitch. Southgate is sometimes criticized for being hesitant to make in-game changes, but the ex-Middlesbrough boss has done a much better job than most fans expected when he was installed in 2016.

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