EURO 2020: Powerhouse France tops our pre-tournament rankings


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The calendar may say 2021, but we’re set for Euro 2020, delayed a year due to the obvious culprit. Here’s how we think the teams stack up heading into a month of footie.

Reigning World Cup champions have tough group, but are as talented as they come.

The top team in the FIFA rankings is our No. 2 team due to De Bruyne’s injury, but has talent to win it all.

Can this squad’s young stars finally live up to expectations and bring the Three Lions long-awaited glory?

Won the tournament in 2016 and have some good, young pieces to compliment aging star Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a turn of irony, the weakness of this Azzurri side may be its defence, which features several aging stars.

Looking to bounce back from disastrous 2018 World Cup having brought back some key veterans.

Was already fielding a weaker national side than in past years and now have COVID concerns coming in.

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Lack of leadership is a concern with Virgil Van Dijk out, as is late decision to switch to a new formation.

Cinderella story of the 2018 Cup is back, but even with Luka Modric leading, it will be tough reach that height.

Christian Eriksen is the star of the show, but this is a deep and talented squad with a lot of solid pros.

Defence was rock solid in qualifying, conceding just three goals, and have a potent attack led by Lille duo Yazici and Yilmaz.

Bundesliga record scorer Lewandowski is a force up front, but recent manager change has not worked well.

Xherdan Shaqiri routinely works magic for his country despite limited playing time with Liverpool.

Not the most exciting team, Austria has had trouble matching up with equal or better sides – which isn’t promising for Euro.

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No Zlatan, no problem. This side did well enough without him and can play better as a team in the star’s absence.

Managed by former star player Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine finished above Portugal in its qualifying group.

Rebuilding squad is very tactically flexible, but is lacking on the wings and with overall pace up front.

Have some youth coming through the side, but may still be overly reliant on Ramsey and Bale – both past their prime.

A hard-working side, the Czechs will need to make the most of their set pieces if they hope to advance.

A big underdog whose two best players play the same position at left back. Hosting two games is huge for Scots.

Will rely heavily on Teemu Pukki, but the squad lacks in terms of talent around the Norwich striker.

The smallest nation in the tournament will play with a lot of heart, but will that lead to any points?

With star midfielder Marek Hamsik past his prime and not at 100%, it’s hard to back the Slovaks to go far.

Stuck in the Group of Death and have already lost their best player, Dominik Szoboszlai, to injury.

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