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Contenders To Look Out For At Euro 2024

Euro 2024 is fast approaching as one of the world’s biggest soccer tournaments prepares to get underway in Germany this summer.

With a handful of nations looking like serious contenders to lift the trophy, here’s a look at which countries will fancy their chances of going to Germany.

England Pushing To Go One Better

After finishing as runners-up at Euro 2020, England will be determined to overcome the final hurdle to claim a maiden European Championship title this year. The Three Lions, favorites at +300 in the Euros betting to lift the trophy this summer, suffered heartbreak in the final of Euro 2020 with a penalty shootout defeat to Italy. While the Italians are outsiders at +1600 with a football bet to retain their European crown this summer, England are expected to be competing for the trophy once again.

Many of England’s stars who thrived at Euro 2020 have come on leaps and bounds with their club sides since. Declan Rice has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League at Arsenal, while national captain Harry Kane scored over 35 goals in his first Bundesliga campaign with Bayern Munich. Manchester City pair of John Stones and Jack Grealish have also enjoyed success since the last Euros, helping the Cityzens win the treble of the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup last term. If head coach Gareth Southgate can get his side going in the group stages against Denmark, Serbia, and Slovenia then the Three Lions can be a force to be reckoned with.

France Never To Be Underestimated

Having suffered heartbreak of their own with a penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup, France will once again be a dangerous prospect at Euro 2024. A team littered with world-class talent, Les Bleus have a winning mentality which means they won’t fear any side they play. In Kylian Mbappé, France has one of the best players on the planet, with the departing Paris Saint-Germain striker scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final defeat to Argentina.

The French beat England on their way to that last World Cup final in 2022 and the two giants could find themselves on a collision course again in Germany this summer. Manager Didier Deschamps has a wealth of experience since taking the job with the national side back in 2012. Since then he has managed to take France to two World Cup finals, winning the first in Russia in 2018. The French almost won Euro 2016 with Deschamps at the helm but fell agonizingly short against Portugal in the final. After the disappointment of the World Cup in Qatar, a backlash from France might well be on the cards.

Hosts Must Make Home Advantage Count

German football has been through some tough times of late and the fact they are down in 16th in the FIFA world rankings tells you everything you need to know. A golden generation, who managed to win the 2014 World Cup, are still being relied on despite coming toward the end of their careers. The likes of Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos have enjoyed tremendous careers for both club and country but Germany has struggled to find their long-term replacements so far. What Germany does have is an exciting coach in Julian Nagelsmann, who has the job of trying to blend these senior figures and the nation’s rising stars. Nagelsmann endured a tough time with Bayern Munich but has a great chance to put his name back on the managerial map with success with Germany at a major tournament on home soil.

Another nation looking to stop the Germans will be Spain, which is another nation that has serious aspirations to go all the way to Euro 2024. Again, the Spanish head coach Luis de la Fuente will need to find the right balance between experienced campaigners and the next players coming through the ranks. La Roja has a possession-based style that has delivered success at European Championships and World Cups in the past and can do so again in Germany.

With the likes of Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Croatia also in the mix as dark horses for the competition, it’s little wonder why there is so much anticipation surrounding Euro 2024.

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