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Top ten contenders to win Euro 2020

Ronald Koeman's Holland could represent value

Virgil van Dijk's Holland could be dark horses at Euro 2020
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France 7-2

Manager Didier Deschamps

Key man Kylian Mbappe
France have a galaxy of starlets at their disposal but Mbappe outlined his potential with four goals and a string of excellent performances at the 2018 World Cup. His turn of pace, eye for goal and intelligence render him a serious threat.

Prospects
Les Bleus will be keen to prove last year was no fluke and their strength in depth rightfully puts them at the top of the market. Their Nations League defeat to the Netherlands raised eyebrows but over the course of a tournament they are the ones to beat.

England 11-2

Manager Gareth Southgate

Key man Harry Kane
Say what you will about the nature of his goals at the 2018 World Cup, Kane is a proven scorer at the highest level and leads the Three Lions from the front. He has an excellent relationship with Southgate and is a marvellous technician in the final third.

Prospects
England followed up their World Cup heroics with qualification for the Nations League semi-finals and the plethora of young talent getting opportunities at big clubs suggests the success is set to continue. Supporters could be in for another magical summer, especially with the Euro 2020 final being played at Wembley.

Spain 13-2

Manager Luis Enrique

Key man Isco
An archetypal Spanish maestro, Isco will turn 27 before next summer's tournament and has the blend of experience and quality to spearhead Spain's Euro charge. He is versatile and now he has returned to the Real Madrid side expect Isco to force his way back into the national team reckoning.

Prospects
Spain's 2018 World Cup was hindered by managerial mayhem but a more settled group should at least make the last four. The experienced core of Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets is now complemented by exciting youngsters Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Pablo Fornals.

Belgium 17-2

Manager Roberto Martinez

Key man Eden Hazard
The marauding Chelsea forward scored three goals and laid on two assists at the World Cup. He can turn a game on its head with his trickery out wide and it is testament to his star quality that Real Madrid are reported to be lining him up as this summer's 'galactico' signing.

Prospects
At the close of every recent tournament pundits seem to say Belgium's 'golden generation' have missed their chance but this crop still have age on their side and are yet to reach their peak. Along with Hazard's trickery, they have a strong spine with Romelu Lukaku, Youri Tielemans and defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. They must be contenders.

Eden Hazard (right) and Thorgan Hazard (left) could be crucial to Belgium's Euro 2020 charge

Germany 17-2

Manager Joachim Low

Key man Leroy Sane
Sane's shock omission from the World Cup squad prompted criticism of manager Low and he can show his worth on the European stage. Plying his trade in arguably the strongest club squad on the continent, the winger strikes fear into the meanest of defences.

Prospects
German football is in a transitional phase. Last year's World Cup capitulation signalled the end of an era and their future hopes will depend on the development on players such as Antonio Rudiger, Sane and Timo Werner. But this tournament could come too soon for them.

Holland 16-1

Manager Ronald Koeman

Key man Virgil van Dijk
Heralded as one of the Premier League players of the season, Van Dijk has been the heartbeat of Liverpool's watertight defence and can help Holland grind out results against stronger opponents. A threat at set-pieces, he can contribute at the other end as well.

Prospects
Beating the World Cup holders and landing a Nations League semi-final berth suggests Holland are getting back to their best. Their centre-back partnership of Van Dijk and starlet Matthijs de Ligt looks solid and Barca-bound Frenkie de Jong is a seriously exciting talent. They could be dark horses and look the value selection at this stage.

Italy 16-1

Manager Roberto Mancini

Key man Marco Verratti
Between their veteran defenders and speedy front men, Italy need a player to pull the strings in midfield and few have better vision and composure on the ball than the PSG playmaker, who will be central to his side's return to major tournament football.

Prospects
An ageing rearguard and a handful of mediocre Serie A players will not get you very far in the European Championships.Lorenzo Insigne, Verratti and Federico Chiesa are exciting players but overall they do not look strong enough as a group to go deep in the tournament.

Portugal 20-1

Manager Fernando Santos

Key man Cristiano Ronaldo
Scintillating creative outlet Bernardo Silva looks primed to take the baton from Cristiano Ronaldo but for now there's no doubt who Portugal's main man is. As well as breaking record after record at club level, CR7 rises to the occasion on the international stage too. His pulsating hattrick against the Spanish last year was a particular highlight.

Prospects
The European Championship holders have done little since their 2016 success, playing rather insipid football in the World Cup group stage before their exit to Uruguay in the last 16, and their squad looks too weak to mount a serious challenge.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal celebrate winning Euro 2016

Croatia 25-1

Manager Zlatko Dalic

Key man Luka Modric
A deserved winner of the Ballon d'Or, Modric is both a warrior and architect through the middle and will still be Croatia's go-to player in 2020. He has had a tough campaign at Real Madrid but is an excellent leader with the ability to dictate the tempo of any game.

Prospects
Croatia's progress to the 2018 World Cup final was a stroke of genius from Dalic and his players but it is hard to envisage a repeat of that run in the Euros. Ante Rebic is improving at Eintracht Frankfurt but the better players may have passed their peak.

Switzerland 66-1

Manager Vladimir Petkovic

Key man Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri makes most of his Liverpool appearances from the bench but he will be a regular starter in Switzerland's Euros side. The former Stoke forward bagged the winner in the decisive World Cup group game against Serbia and is capable of playing across the entire front line.

Prospects
Switzerland have made it beyond the group stage in only one of their four European Championship campaigns but they have a balanced squad and can unsettle any of the big guns on their day.


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