UEFA Euro 2020 is set to commence on Friday. 24 national teams across Europe will take part in the tournament. In the last edition of Euros, Portugal beat all the odds to win the trophy, after finishing only third in their group. We have seen such surprising results in the past when Denmark won against world cup winners Germany in 1992, and Greece against hosts Portugal in 2004, in the finals.
As Euro 2020 promises to unfold yet another exciting tournament, here is a look at the top contenders to win the trophy:
England have a strong team on paper, with enough depth in each position. They have one of the youngest sides in Euro 2020. England, despite always having a good team on paper, have struggled to live up to the expectations in major tournaments. They were knocked out by Iceland in Euro 2016. But under Gareth Southgate, they made the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and UEFA Nations League 2018-19. And this time, they will look to go all the way.
France are the current world champions and also the finalists of Euro 2016. They have a star-studded lineup, who have been consistently selected in the squad over the last few years under Didier Deschamps. They have pace up front in Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman. The addition of Karim Benzema will boost an already strong forward lineup.
The current holders of the trophy boast a group of young emerging players, alongside their skipper and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, and prolific Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Other players such as Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Andre Silva are regular starters for some of the best clubs in Europe. Their centre-back Ruben Dias, the Premier League Player of the Season 2020-21, will be the key in the backline.