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How Far Can England Go in Euro 2024?

How Far Can England Go in Euro 2024?

There’s always a wave of enthusiasm in England during an international football competition. However, it would be wrong to say that England fans expect their team to win. There’s hope, sure, but then there has to be; wishing for the best is just part and parcel of being a sports fan.

But there’s a slightly different mood surrounding this England team compared to teams of the past. Few people expected much of the England team of 2016, the one that got beaten by Iceland in the round of 16. This time around, however, things are shaping up to be very different.

Can England’s Trophy Drought End?

England haven’t won an international competition since 1966, and, in truth, they haven’t looked like winning at most of the tournaments since then. But things have been steadily improving in recent tournaments. They made it to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup and the final of the 2020 Euros. With key players in exceptional form, there’s little wonder that Euro 2024 betting sites have made England the favourites to win the competition. Indeed, the quality of the entire England squad means Southgate and his players must be confident that they’ll finally bring football home.

Shaky Beginnings…but Shoots of Hope

How much does the first game of a tournament really matter? Your answer will influence how far England will go. If you think it’s majorly important, then England’s laboured 1 - 0 victory over Serbia in their opening game will be a warning sign of difficult times ahead. If you think that it’s inconsequential, then the early hype train can keep on rolling. For what’s it worth, history tends to show that first game performances don’t count for all that much. Argentina lost their first game in the 2022 World Cup to Saudi Arabia. Doomsayers would have said that Argentina’s chances of lifting the trophy were gone after that game. And yet, they went on to win probably the greatest World Cup final of all time. So, England fans should keep some perspective; the most important thing was to get the victory!

Where England May Falter

Much has been made of the abundance of talent that Gareth Southgate has at his disposal. All over the pitch, you’ll find serial winners who have already achieved huge success with their club teams. Still, while England have plenty of star players, they’re far from perfect. They have weaknesses that other teams can exploit. The defence, for instance, is looking, on paper at least, a bit shaky. The midfield, while composed of quality players, is not as cohesive as it could be. If England are going to leave Germany with the trophy in the bag, then Southgate will need to figure out how to get the best out of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden, who, while being two of the best players in Europe, were underwhelming in the opening game against Serbia.

Who Else is Looking Good?

England has an exceptionally talented squad of players. Unfortunately for them, so do other countries. England may be favourites to win the tournament, but they’re not clear favourites. France and Germany are not too far behind, and both of those teams will be quietly confident that they can make this one theirs. France have quality players who, having won the 2018 World Cup, already understand what it takes to win a tournament at international level. Germany, meanwhile, have home advantage and plenty of big-name players, which usually bodes well for international tournaments.

You have to imagine that one of England, France, or Germany will come out victorious, and that whoever does will be fully deserving of the title. After all, with European football stronger than ever, only the very best can come out on top.

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