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Can England win the Euro 2020?

Every time England play a major tournament there are high expectations. The nation expects their millionaire footballers to play their best for the Three Lions but they haven't won anything since 1966. Will 2020 be the same as always or mark an upswing for England? We already know that England will play in Group D and that each of their three group games will be at home in Wembley. The upcoming tournament won't take place in one country like normal. The tournament, that started 61 years ago, will be played across 12 European nations and include 24 teams.

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Home tournament

Although the venues are spread across Europe, the format of the competition hasn't changed. As with the previous competition in 2016, there will be 24 teams divided into groups of four. The winners and runners up plus the best third-placed teams then play the round of 16 before quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final are played. If England makes it out of the group, they could play games in Dublin and Rome before returning to Wembley for the semi-finals and final. The number of home matches that are possible for England should work in their favour. If they make it to the final, they'll play five out of seven games at home.

Why England can win

Don't look to tabloids for England's chances. Every time there's a major tournament, journalists talks up the national team's chances. Then the boys are always going to disappoint. Joachim Low is someone worth listening to. He doesn't believe Germany have any hope but he rates England's chances. In an interview with The Independent he said, "When it comes to the development as a whole, there are surely other nations who are ahead of us." He rates the chances of nations whose players have worked together as a group for several years. Low believes that "England, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium…" have the best chance because "…those teams had been forced into a big transformation before." Germany is going through that transformation now so Low doesn't see them as a title threat. But England fans know not to write-off Germany.

Who's on the coach?

Southgate has a lot of difficult decisions to make when it comes to selecting the 23-man squad for the Euros. As the captain, Harry Kane is the only player guaranteed to make the squad. "When you look through our squad everyone pretty much is playing regularly either in the Premier League or top leagues in Europe," Kane said in an interview with The Independent. "If you're not on it every week there are players who can take your spot." We don't know who will make the squad but a quick check on various betting sites suggests a 23-man squad made up of the following –

Goalkeepers

  • Jordan Pickford
  • Nick Pope
  • Tom Heaton

Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka
  • Ben Chilwell
  • Danny Rose
  • Harry Maguire
  • John Stones
  • Joe Gomez
  • Fikayo Tomori

Midfielders

  • Declan Rice
  • Harry Winks
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Ross Barkley
  • Mason Mount
  • Jadon Sancho

Forwards

  • Marcus Rashford
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi
  • Harry Kane
  • Tammy Abraham

Will they win?

England's qualifying form suggests the Three Lions have a great chance in 2020. They secured four straight wins to start their qualifying campaign but there's work to be done in defence. Kosovo put three past England and the Czech Republic scored twice. In both matches, mistakes in defence led to the goals. The home advantage will be a massive factor for England, particularly in the closing stages of the competition so there's every chance that England will win silverware for the first time since 1966.

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