EURO 2020: Powerhouse France at the top of our pre-tournament ranking

EURO 2020: Powerhouse France at the top of our pre-tournament ranking

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The timeline may say 2021, but we are set for Euro 2020, delayed by a year due to the obvious culprit. Here’s how we think teams stack up before a month of football.

The defending World Cup champions have a tough squad, but are as talented as they come.

The best team in the FIFA rankings is our No.2 team due to De Bruyne’s injury, but they have a talent to win it all.

Will the young stars of this team finally be able to live up to expectations and bring the long-awaited glory of the Three Lions?

Won the tournament in 2016 and has some good young pieces to compliment aging star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ironically, the weakness of this Azzurri team could be its defense, which has several aging stars.

Looking to bounce back from the disastrous 2018 World Cup after bringing back key veterans.

Already had a weaker national team than in previous years and now has COVID issues.

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Lack of leadership is a concern with Virgil Van Dijk, as is the late decision to move on to a new lineup.

The 2018 Cinderella Cup story is back, but even with Luka Modric in the lead, it will be difficult to reach that height.

Christian Eriksen is the star of the show, but it’s a deep and talented team with a lot of solid pros.

The defense was rock solid in qualifying, conceding just three goals, and has a powerful attack led by Lille duo Yazici and Yilmaz.

Bundesliga record scorer Lewandowski is a force up front, but the recent manager change hasn’t worked out well.

Xherdan Shaqiri regularly does magic for his country despite limited playing time with Liverpool.

Not the most exciting team, Austria struggled to face equal or better teams which is not promising for the Euro.

No Zlatan, no problem. This team has done pretty well without him and can play better as a team in the star’s absence.

Led by former star player Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine finished ahead of Portugal in their qualifying group.

The rebuilding team are very flexible tactically, but lacking on the wings and with a general pace up front.

Having young people on the side, but maybe still too dependent on Ramsey and Bale – both past their prime.

A hardworking team, the Czechs will need to make the most of their set pieces if they hope to progress.

A big outsider whose two best players play in the same position at the left back. Organizing two games is huge for the Scots.

Will rely heavily on Teemu Pukki, but the team lacks talent around the Norwich striker.

The smallest nation in the tournament will play with a lot of heart, but will it score points?

With star midfielder Marek Hamsik past his prime and not 100%, it’s hard to back the Slovaks to go far.

Stuck in the group of death and has already lost his best player, Dominik Szoboszlai, to injury.


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