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Euro 2021: Squad Evaluations and Predictions

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The Most Talent-filled Euros Till Date?

On paper, there are at least 3 or 4 teams which have a shot at the trophy this time around. This edition could possibly be one of the highest quality tournaments from an individual talent perspective, with every good team boasting of 4-5 world class talents in their ranks. Defending champions Portugal, will arrive with a breathtaking array of attacking talent, and the possibility of making any defensive unit look shamefully amateurish. World Champions France, still have most of their squad intact, and the call-up of elite striker Karim Benzema, could be the much needed boost that they need in the striker department. A young Netherlands squad can rightfully be considered dark horses, with immense talent in every department but having struggled as a cohesive unit in recent times. England and Belgium will also be difficult to ignore, both having made the semis of the last World Cup. Both will be eager to make the big step up, and also boast of great depth in their respective squads which could come in handy in the latter stages, in case injuries strike.


David Alaba will lead the Austrian charge.

David Alaba will lead the Austrian charge.

Luck of the draw favors Group Qualification

Having never progressed beyond the group stages in the previous editions, this year will be a great chance for them to make a mark on the Euros, having been drawn with Netherlands, Ukraine and North Macedonia. Expect them to make the Round of 16 at the very least.

Goalkeepers: Daniel Bachmann (Watford), Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg), Alexander Schlager (LASK)

Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern), Aleksandar Dragović (Leverkusen), Marco Friedl (Werder Bremen), Martin Hinteregger (Frankfurt), Stefan Lainer (Mönchengladbach), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Stefan Posch (Hoffenheim), Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin), Andreas Ulmer (Salzburg)

Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (Leverkusen), Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Stefan Ilsanker (Frankfurt), Konrad Laimer (Leipzig), Valentino Lazaro (Internazionale), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Louis Schaub (Luzern), Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke)

Forwards: Marko Arnautović (Shanghai Port), Michael Gregoritsch (Augsburg), Sasa Kalajdzic (Stuttgart), Karim Onisiwo (Mainz)

Only making their third ever appearance at the Euros, Austria will be relying heavily on the talents of its skipper David Alaba, RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and former Premier League striker Marko Arnautovic, in the 2020 edition.


An out of sorts Eden Hazard could hinder Belgium's title hopes this time.

An out of sorts Eden Hazard could hinder Belgium's title hopes this time.

Strong team with some defensive frailties

Belgium found great success at the last World Cup with their 3-5-2 formation, with flexible wing-backs, and will be keen to replicate that same fluid and speedy movement which saw them reach the semis in 2018. However a first glance at their squad will tell you that the team may have a soft heart, with the central defensive picks not matching up to the rest of the departments. Add to that a lackluster Eden Hazard, may mean that Belgium could yet again be denied silverware. However, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans and Yannick Carrasco are all in the form of their lives, and could take them to the very end.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Mats Selz (Strasbourg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

Midfielders: Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (İstanbul Başakşehir), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jérémy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Reserves: Thomas Kaminski (Blackburn), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liège), Jordan Lukaku (Antwerp), Thomas Foket (Reims), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Brayn Heynen (Genk), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge)

Both Vertonghen and Vermaelen are aging, and with Boyata and Alderweireld not being the greatest defenders in the game, teams could target the three man central defence.


The midfield boasting the likes of Modric, Perisic and Kovacic will play a key role.

The midfield boasting the likes of Modric, Perisic and Kovacic will play a key role.

Talented midfield could help them spring surprises

Undoubtedly the stand out team of the 2018 World Cup, Croatia were the neutral's favorite, upsetting giants like England and Argentina on their way to the finals. With most of its squad still intact, Croatia will be a hard team to break down, and will look to replicate their form, with midfield maestro Luka Modric pulling the strings.

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk Split), Simon Sluga (Luton)

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Defenders: Šime Vrsaljko (Atlético Madrid), Borna Barišić (Rangers), Duje Ćaleta-Car (Marseille), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Josip Juranović (Legia Warszawa), Domagoj Vida (Beşiktaş), Joško Gvardiol (Leipzig), Domagoj Bradarić (LOSC Lille), Mile Škorić (Osijek)

Midfielders: Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea), Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozović (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Nikola Vlašić (CSKA Moskva), Mario Pašalić (Atalanta), Ivan Perišić (Inter Milan), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Mislav Oršić (Dinamo Zagreb), Luka Ivanušec (Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards: Ante Rebić (AC Milan), Bruno Petković (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim)

Modric will be ably supported by Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic in the midfield, with AC Milan forward Ante Rebic leading the front line.

Czech Republic

Soucek has been the find of the season in the English Premier League.

Soucek has been the find of the season in the English Premier League.

Will rely strongly on Tomas Soucek

They may not boast the star names of some of the other teams in the tournament, but Czech Republic could do well in the tournament, if West Ham duo Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal can carry their great form from the Premier League. In Tomas Vaclik and Patrik Schick, they have experience at the highest level, which will make them a formidable opposition.

Goalkeepers: Tomáš Vaclík (Sevilla), Jiří Pavlenka (Werder Bremen), Aleš Mandous (Olomouc)

Defenders: Vladimír Coufal (West Ham), Pavel Kadeřábek (Hoffenheim), Ondřej Čelůstka (Sparta Praha), Tomáš Kalas (Bristol City), David Zima (Slavia Praha), Jan Bořil (Slavia Praha), Aleš Matějů (Brescia), Jakub Brabec (Viktoria Plzeň)

Midfielders: Lukáš Masopust (Slavia Praha), Vladimír Darida (Hertha Berlin), Tomáš Souček (West Ham), Antonín Barák (Verona), Alex Král (Spartak Moskva), Tomáš Holeš (Slavia Praha), Petr Ševčík (Slavia Praha), Jakub Jankto (Sampdoria), Adam Hložek (Sparta Praha), Jakub Pešek (Liberec), Michal Sadílek (Liberec)

Forwards: Patrik Schick (Leverkusen), Michael Krmenčík (PAOK), Matěj Vydra (Burnley), Tomáš Pekhart (Legia)

Having been drawn with England, Croatia and Scotland, the Czechs will need to have a really good group stage, to have any chance of qualification.


The Danes will be a tough team to break down.

The Danes will be a tough team to break down.

Well-rounded unit, could make it to the QF

With good players in every department, Denmark will be aiming for qualification from the group stages, having been drawn with Belgium, Finland and Russia. The structure of the draw means that they could face Switzerland/Turkey/Wales in the Round of 16, which means that they have a good chance of making the quarter finals at the very least.

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lössl (Midtjylland), Frederik Rønnow (Schalke)

Defenders: Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Simon Kjær (AC Milan), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Joachim Andersen (Fullham), Daniel Wass (Valencia), Mathias Jørgensen (Copenhagen), Joakim Mæhle (Atalanta), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton), Nicolai Boilesen (Copenhagen)

Midfielders: Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Christian Nørgaard (Brentford), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham), Thomas Delaney (Dortmund), Anders Christiansen (Malmö), Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria), Robert Skov (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona), Andreas Cornelius (Parma), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bologna), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), Kasper Dolberg (Nice), Jonas Wind (Copenhagen)


As always, England are one of the favorites on paper.

As always, England are one of the favorites on paper.

Will the Southgate revolution end in silverware?

Considering the wealth of talent at his disposal, Gareth Southgate has been forced to name a 33-man provisional squad, which will be further trimmed to 26 in a couple of days. Much will depend on Harry Maguire's fitness, as he's been the main stay of this England team's central defence, and he played a key role in England's 2018 semi-final run at the World Cup.

As always, England will be considered strong favorites, with only France rivalling the amount of talent in their squad. A great mix of youth and experience in the squad, could mean that a bad performance at this Euros could raise questions regarding Southgate's destiny. This squad is easily better than the Golden Generation, as there is tremendous depth in the side, with the squad bursting at the seams with world-class players.

If they manage to clear the Round of 16 tie where they face the second placed team of Group F (France, Germany or Portugal), they could go all the way this time.

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 (Atlético), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), 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 (Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

With most of their players in tremendous form, England will be the team to watch at the Euros this time. Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden are the author's choice for potential players of the World Cup. However an extremely difficult Round of 16 matchup with France, Germany or Portugal, could derail their title bid.


Striker Teemu Pukki will lead the Finnish attacking contingent,

Striker Teemu Pukki will lead the Finnish attacking contingent,

Euro Debutants will want to score a few points

Even the Finns themselves would not fancy their qualification chances at their debut in the European Championships. However, having been paired with Denmark and Russia, means that they will be aiming to get at least a point from their three games. Their matches could determine who is the second team which qualifies from the group.

Goalkeepers: Lukas Hradecky (Leverkusen), Jesse Joronen (Brescia), Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers), Carljohan Eriksson (Mjällby)

Defenders: Juhani Ojala (Vejle), Sauli Väisänent (Chievo), Paulus Arajuuri (Pafos), Daniel O’Shaugnessy (HJK Helsinki), Robert Ivanov (Warta Poznań), Albin Granlund (Stal Mielec), Jere Uronen (Genk), Nicholas Hämäläinen (QPR), Nikolai Alho (MTK Budapest), Aapo Halme (Barnsley)

Midfielders: Pyry Soiri (Esbjerg), Joni Kauko (Esbjerg), Onni Valakari (Pafos), Rasmus Schüller (Djurgården), Thomas Lam (Zwolle), Tim Sparv (Larissa), Fredrik Jensen (Augsburg)

Forwards: Lassi Lappalainen (Montréal), Jasin Assehnoun (Lahti), Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Roope Riski (HJK Helsinki)

Set to arrive later: Jukka Raitala (Minnesota United), Joona Toivio (Häcken), Robert Taylor (Brann), Robin Lod (Minnesota United), Niki Mäenpää (Venezia)


Benzema will have a point to prove, after being called up again.

Benzema will have a point to prove, after being called up again.

Les Bleus aiming to emulate the 2000 Generation

France have previously won the World Cup and Euros in succession, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. With most of the squad intact and in great form, and the pragmatic decision of Didier Deschamps to recall Karim Benzema to the national squad, France are one of the favorites to win. Despite having a tough group, with Germany and Portugal competing, the French are the favorites to make it through.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mike Maignan (LOSC Lille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern)

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (Paris), Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach)

With 23 goals in the La Liga this season, this could be 33 year old Karim Benzema's last major tournament as one of the elite strikers in European football.


Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels have been recalled for Jogi Low's last dance.

Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels have been recalled for Jogi Low's last dance.

Low's last dance will define his legacy

After having crashed out in the group stages in the 2018 World Cup, Joachim Low's Germany will have a point to prove in this edition, especially considering that this is his swansong as coach of the German National team. Despite having won the World Cup in 2014, Joachim Low's legacy could take a hit, if they fail to qualify to reach the semi finals of the Euros, for the first time in 17 years. Having been drawn in the Group of Death with France and Portugal, the Germans will want to avoid the lottery of the best third place finish, and qualify as first or second.

They will be aided by the fact that Joshua Kimmich has grown to become one of the finest midfielders of this generation. Along with the experience of Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels who've been recalled, youngsters like Jamal Musiala could make the difference for them. On the other hand, a misfiring Timo Werner could spell disaster.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Frankfurt)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Mönchengladbach), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (Leipzig), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), Robin Koch (Leeds), Niklas Süle (Bayern)

Midfielders: İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Emre Can (Dortmund), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern), Thomas Müller (Bayern), Jamal Musiala (Bayern), Serge Gnabry (Bayern), Leon Goretzka (Bayern), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofmann (Mönchengladbach), Leroy Sané (Bayern), Florian Neuhaus (Mönchengladbach)

Forwards: Timo Werner (Chelsea), Kevin Volland (Monaco)

Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry will be the players to watch in this highly talented German team. Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will aim to put their patchy Chelsea form behind them.


Hungary could play party pooper in the Group of Death.

Hungary could play party pooper in the Group of Death.

Toughest draw could spur an extraordinary performance

No team in the Euros will have their task cut out for them, like Hungary will. Having been drawn with France, Germany and Portugal, the team will be lucky if they manage to put some points up in the group stage. A good performance against either of the three, should be considered a successful campaign for the Hungarians.

Goalkeepers: Ádám Bogdán (Ferencváros), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros), Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig), Balázs Tóth (Puskás Akademia)

Defenders: Bendegúz Bolla (Fehérvár), Endre Botka (Ferencváros), Attila Fiola (Fehérvár), Szilveszter Hangya (Fehérvár), Ákos Kecskés (Lugano), Ádám Lang (Omonoia), Gergő Lovrencsics (Ferencváros), Willi Orbán (Leipzig), Csaba Spandler (Puskás Akademia), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahçe)

Midfielders: Tamás Cseri (Mezőkövesd), Dániel Gazdag (Budapest Honvéd), Filip Holender (Partizan), László Kleinheisler (Osijek), Ádám Nagy (Bristol City), Loïc Négo (Fehérvár), Ándras Schäfer (Dunajská Streda), Dávid Sigér (Ferencváros), Dominik Szoboszlai (Leipzig)

Forwards: János Hahn (Paks), Nemanja Nikolić (Fehérvár), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Szabolcs Schön (Dallas), Ádám Szalai (Mainz), Kevin Varga (Kasımpaşa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest)


Roberto Mancini persists with Chiellini and Bonucci for the 2021 Euros.

Roberto Mancini persists with Chiellini and Bonucci for the 2021 Euros.

Mediocre on paper, could spring a surprise

Having been drawn in a relatively kind group, Italy will aim to take full advantage of the draw and finish top of Group A. Add to that a favorable Round of 16 draw which could see them face Austria or Ukraine, means that they should make the quarterfinals comfortably. However, it will be rather surprising if this Italian team progresses any further, despite boasting of young talents like Donnarumma, Kean and Bastoni. This is still an Italian team in transition, with aged veterans like Chiellini and Bonucci still around despite not being nearly at their best. A great performance at the next World Cup can be seen as a realistic target for this team.

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Paris), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)


Frank De Boer will miss the services of talisman Virgil Van Dijk due to injury.

Frank De Boer will miss the services of talisman Virgil Van Dijk due to injury.

Dark Horses of the tournament

With the benefit of a kind draw, the Dutch have a great chance to build up some much-needed form to progress deep into the tournament. With world class players like Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum, the team have an outside chance at winning the tournament. For that to happen players like Donny Van De Beek and Memphis Depay will need to have a stellar tournament. (Note: the author is a Netherlands supporter)

Defenders: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Jurriën Timber (Ajax), Joël Veltman (Brighton), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Owen Wijndal (AZ)

Midfielders: Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moskva), Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)

After having failed to qualify for the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands team will have a point to prove on their return to a major international tournament.

North Macedonia

The Macedonians will aim to score their first points in the European Championships

The Macedonians will aim to score their first points in the European Championships

Debutants will aim to make the most of it

Having battled through the Nations League playoffs, North Macedonia will be making their first-ever appearance at the European Championships. Thanks to Champions League winner Goran Pandev's strike against Georgia, the team booked their passage to the tournament, where a point would be a huge success, despite not being in the toughest of groups.

Goalkeepers: Stole Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano), Damjan Siskovski (Doxa Katokopia), Riste Jankov (Rabotnicki)

Defenders: Stefan Ristovski (Dinamo Zagreb), Visar Musliu (Fehérvár), Egzon Bejtulai (Shkëndija), Kire Ristevski (Újpest), Gjoko Zajkov (Charleroi), Darko Velkovski (Rijeka), Ezdzan Alioski (Leeds)

Midfielders: Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb), Enis Bardhi (Levante), Stefan Spirovski (AEK Larnaca), Boban Nikolov (Lecce), Tihomir Kostadinov (Ružomberok), Ferhan Hasani (Partizani), Eljif Elmas (Napoli), Daniel Avramovski (Kayserispor), Darko Curlinov (Stuttgart), Marjan Radeski (Akademija Pandev)

Forwards: Goran Pandev (Genoa), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Mallorca), Ivan Trickovski (AEK Larnaca), Vlatko Stojanovski (Chambly), Krste Velkovski (Sarajevo), Milan Ristovski (Spartak Trnava)


Robert Lewandowski will aim to add to goal tally of 50 goals for Poland.

Robert Lewandowski will aim to add to goal tally of 50 goals for Poland.

Will aim to repeat their 2016 performance

Facing Slovakia, Sweden and Spain in the group stages, a good performance from Poland will ensure qualification to the Round of 16. If they manage to place second in the group, Poland could end up facing either Croatia or Czech Republic in the next round. A quarter-final finish would be considered a success for this Polish side, which lost at the same stage in penalties to eventual winners Portugal, in the 2016 edition.

Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Paweł Dawidowicz (Verona), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Michał Helik (Barnsley), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Kamil Piątkowski (Raków Częstochowa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Lech Poznań), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moskva)

Midfielders: Przemysław Frankowski (Chicago Fire), Kamil Jóźwiak (Derby), Mateusz Klich (Leeds), Kacper Kozłowski (Pogoń Szczecin), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moskva), Karol Linetty (Torino), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern), Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille), Karol Świderski (PAOK), Jakub Świerczok (Piast Gliwice)

Reserves: Radosław Majecki (Monaco), Rafał Augustyniak (Ural Ekaterinburg), Kamil Grosicki (West Brom), Robert Gumny (Augsburg), Sebastian Szymański (Dinamo Moskva)


Cristiano will be hungry to win in his last Euros as one of the best.

Cristiano will be hungry to win in his last Euros as one of the best.

Defending Champions will attack like no tomorrow

The side with the most enviable attacking contingent in world football today, will aim to defend their title. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes at their disposal, this Portugal squad can smash through any defensive unit in the world. With Premier League Player of the Year Ruben Dias in the heart of defence, it will be highly surprising if this Portuguese squad don't make it to the semis at the very least. This squad is much superior to the 2016 winning team, and a tournament win will be the perfect start to the new season for Cristiano.

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (LOSC Lille), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Paris), João Palhinha (Sporting CP), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting CP), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)

Joao Cancelo, Renato Sanches and Joao Felix could turn the tide in favour of Portugal if they perform up to their potential.


Russia will have their task cut out to replicate their WC 2018 performance.

Russia will have their task cut out to replicate their WC 2018 performance.

An easy group may not help much

Russia impressed as host nation in the 2018 World Cup, reaching the quarter finals of the tournament and greatly increased the status of the team in their fans' eyes. However, with the lack of talented new players, and lacklustre form of successful players like Golovin and Cheryshev, even an easy group (Denmark, Finland and Belgium) will not guarantee them qualification from the group stage. Not much is expected from this Russian team, however that was also the case in 2018.

Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin (Rubin), Andrei Lunev (Zenit), Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moskva)

Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva), Igor Diveev (CSKA Moskva), Roman Yevgenyev (Dinamo Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Vyacheslav Karavaev (Zenit), Fedor Kudryashov (Antalyaspor), Ilya Samoshnikov (Rubin), Andrei Semenov (Akhmat), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moskva)

Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Maksim Mukhin (Lokomotiv Moskva), Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco), Arsen Zakharyan (Dinamo Moskva), Daniil Fomin (Dinamo Moskva), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moskva), Alexei Ionov (Krasnodar), Daler Kuzyayev (Zenit), Andrei Mostovoy (Zenit), Magomed Ozdoev (Zenit), Denis Makarov (Rubin), Aleksei Miranchuk (Atalanta), Denis Cheryshev (Valencia)

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit), Anton Zabolotny (Sochi), Aleksandr Sobolev (Spartak Moskva)


Andy Robertson will be looking to get one over his Liverpool teammates at England.

Andy Robertson will be looking to get one over his Liverpool teammates at England.

Quality team, but face a difficult group stage

Making their first appearance at the Euros since 1996, the Scots will be eager to make their mark, especially against the Three Lions, having been drawn against England, Croatia and Czech Republic. Expectations will be low, but there is a lot of quality in this Scottish team, and they could very well pull off a surprise qualification. With a wealth of Premier League talent at their disposal, and that famous Scottish resilience, this team should do very well at the Euros against more fancied teams in their group.

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O'Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)

Forwards: Ché Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (QPR), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)

Robertson and Tierney in defence, McTominay and McGinn in midfield, makes Scotland a tough team to break down, however a lack of quality in the forward line, could hinder their progress.


Ex-Napoli veteran Marek Hamsik will lead the Slovakian side in the tournament

Ex-Napoli veteran Marek Hamsik will lead the Slovakian side in the tournament

Minnows of the group, face tough task

Featuring Serie A veterans like Milan Skriniar and Marek Hamsik, along with Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka, this Slovakian side will not be mere pushovers in Group E (Poland, Spain and Sweden). However, even the most die hard Slovakian fans will know that qualification from that group will be extremely tough and they are expected to bow out in the early stages of the tournament.

Goalkeepers: Martin Dúbravka (Newcastle), Marek Rodák (Fulham), Dušan Kuciak (Lechia Gdańsk)

Defenders: Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlin), Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań), Denis Vavro (Huesca), Milan Škriniar (Inter Milan), Tomáš Hubočan (Omonoia), Jakub Holúbek (Gliwice)

Midfielders: Marek Hamšík (IFK Göteborg), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Patrik Hrošovský (Genk), Juraj Kucka (Parma), Ondrej Duda (Köln), Róbert Mak (Ferencváros), Vladimír Weiss (Slovan Bratislava), László Bénes (Augsburg), Lukáš Haraslín (Sassuolo), Tomáš Suslov (Groningen), Matúš Bero (Arnhem), Erik Jirka (Mirandés)

Forwards: Michal Ďuriš (Omonoia), Róbert Boženík (Feyenoord), Dávid Strelec (Slovan Bratislava)


Spain and Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos has failed to make the final squad.

Spain and Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos has failed to make the final squad.

New Spanish generation comes to the fore

Luis Enrique has made plenty of bold decisions while picking his squad for the Euros. Having chosen to name only 24 instead of 26 players, leaving out legends like Sergio Ramos, and not picking a single Real Madrid player, Enrique is turning a new page in Spain's football history. This is a youthful Spain squad, with the potential to light up the tournament, with the likes of Pedri, Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres capable of producing exquisite football. Ably supported by experienced heads like Busquets, Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba, Spain has a good mix of players, who could make it to the last four with ease. An easy group stage will help in finding their feet, and getting rid of any nerves.

Defenders: José Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Atlético)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernández (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Koke (Atlético), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli)

Forwards: Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris)


Zlatan will miss his second consecutive major international tournament

Zlatan will miss his second consecutive major international tournament

No Zlatan, no glory

While they can progress through the group stage, having been given a favorable draw, this Swedish team will not be expected to go much further, especially without the services of the ageless and spectacular Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite having quality players like Dejan Kulusevski and Emil Forsberg, Sweden don't have enough quality in the defence and striker department. Victor Lindelof and Alexander Isak will need to have a good tournament for the Swedes to progress from the group stage.

Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (København), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Gençlerbirliği), Robin Olsen (Everton)

Defenders: Emil Krafth (Newcastle United), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Martin Olsson (Häcken), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Filip Helander (Rangers), Mikael Lustig (AIK), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg)

Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Ken Sema (Watford), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moskva)


Granit Xhaka will spearhead the defensive effort of this Swiss lineup.

Granit Xhaka will spearhead the defensive effort of this Swiss lineup.

Disciplined team, will make it through the group

Despite not having any star names, the Swiss are a cohesive team, and are used to qualifying from the group stages, having progressed in their last three major tournaments. A defensively strong team, the Swiss will be hard to break down, and will look to play on the counter, and make inroads through midfielders like Shaqiri and Freuler.

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Mönchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (PSV), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Gregor Kobel (Stuttgart)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund), Loris Benito (Bordeaux), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Becir Omeragic (Zürich), Ricardo Rodríguez (Torino), Silvan Widmer (Basel), Fabian Schär (Newcastle United), Jordan Lotomba (Nice), Eray Cömert (Basel)

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Mönchengladbach), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Djibril Sow (Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Steven Zuber (Frankfurt), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Dan Ndoye (Nice), Andi Zeqiri (Brighton)

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Mönchengladbach), Mario Gavranović (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferović (Benfica)


The defensive rock of Leicester, Caglar Soyuncu will be Turkey's key man.

The defensive rock of Leicester, Caglar Soyuncu will be Turkey's key man.

Defensive performances will be telling

Absence from the 2018 World Cup, means that Turkey have had a lot of time to prepare for this tournament. With defensive stalwarts like Soyuncu and Demiral in the team, this squad will heavily rely on a stingy defense to take them through the group. A quarter-final appearance will be considered a significant success for this squad.

Goalkeepers: Mert Günok (İstanbul Başakşehir), Uğurcan Çakır (Trabzonspor), Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahçe), Gökhan Akkan (Rizespor)

Defenders: Zeki Çelik (LOSC Lille), Mert Müldür (Sassuolo), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Çağlar Söyüncü (Leicester), Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Umut Meraş (Le Havre), Rıdvan Yılmaz (Beşiktaş)

Midfielders: Abdülkadir Ömür (Trabzonspor), Cengiz Ünder (Leicester), Efecan Karaca (Alanyaspor), Halil Akbunar (Göztepe), Dorukhan Toköz (Beşiktaş), İrfan Can Kahveci (Fenerbahçe), Mahmut Tekdemir (İstanbul Başakşehir), Okay Yokuşlu (West Brom), Orkun Kökçü (Feyenoord), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahçe), Taylan Antalyalı (Galatasaray), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (AC Milan), Yusuf Yazıcı (LOSC Lille)

Forwards: Burak Yılmaz (LOSC Lille), Enes Ünal (Getafe), Halil İbrahim Dervişoğlu (Galatasaray), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Kerem Aktürkoğlu (Galatasaray)


Having enjoyed a stellar season with Man CIty, Zinchenko will look to carry Ukraine to glory.

Having enjoyed a stellar season with Man CIty, Zinchenko will look to carry Ukraine to glory.

Good chance of group qualification

Austria will be the biggest hindrance in the Ukrainians' path to qualification. With quality players like Oleksandr Zinchenko, Viktor Kovalenko and Andriy Yarmolenko, the Ukrainians will aim to impress in their third consecutive appearance at the Euros. Led by the legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko, they will look to progress from the group stage for the very first time.

Goalkeepers: Georgiy Bushchan (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Anatolii Trubin (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Defenders: Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge), Illia Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kyiv), Viktor Korniienko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Serhiy Kryvtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Popov (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Syrota (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Tymchyk (Dynamo Kyiv), Bogdan Mykhaylichenko (Anderlecht), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Karavaev (Dynamo Kyiv), Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Midfielders: Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv), Volodymyr Shepeliev (Dynamo Kyiv), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta), Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Shakhtar Donetsk), Marlos (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Makarenko (Kortrijk), Viktor Kovalenko (Atalanta), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City), Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencváros), Heorhii Sudakov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Andriyevskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Bogdan Lednev (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Bondarenko (Mariupol), Roman Bezus (Gent)

Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk (Gent), Artem Besedin (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Dovbyk (Dnipro-1)


A repeat of the incredible 2016 semi-final appearance looks improbable for Wales.

A repeat of the incredible 2016 semi-final appearance looks improbable for Wales.

Can Bale fire Wales to success?

Caretaker manager Robert Page sprung a few surprises in his provisional squad, omitting Premier League players like Nathan Robson-Kanu and Daniel James. James' could still make the team, having been away due to United's Europa League final appearance. A fully fit and committed Gareth Bale will be key to Wales' success, as they look to build on that incredible semi-final run from four years ago. With plenty of Premier League players amongst their ranks, the team has the potential to cross the group stages, but will have to find a way through the formidable defenses of Switzerland and Turkey to progress.

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City)

Defenders: James Lawrence (St. Pauli), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff City), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), George Thomas (Queens Park Rangers)

Forwards: Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Mark Harris (Cardiff City)

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