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Can last year's runners-up finally win?

Group C preview: England

2024/06/09 15:40
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This may well be the last hurrah for the man who got the Three Lions to their first-ever European Championship final at EURO 2020 before disappointment against Italy at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate's future is uncertain with the manager yet to decide whether to stay on or try something new after eight years in the role. This tournament could be a dream sendoff for a fresh-looking England squad that includes one of the best players in the world, Jude Bellingham.

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

It's been a strange season for Harry Kane who made his switch to Bayern Munich only to have had the bad fortune to join in an incredibly rare trophyless season. 

However, Bayern's failures are nothing to do with the England captain who scored 44 goals and made 12 assists in 45 appearances in Germany.

Perhaps Kane can take out any frustration from the 2023/24 season on England's opponents – he is vital to Southgate's side.


England's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
England
Everton
Goalkeeper
England
Arsenal
Goalkeeper
England
Crystal Palace
Defender
England
Manchester City
Defender
England
Manchester United
Defender
England
Manchester City
Defender
England
Crystal Palace
Defender
England
Liverpool
Defender
England
Newcastle
Defender
England
Aston Villa
Defender
England
Brighton & Hove Albion
Defender
England
Liverpool
Midfielder
England
Arsenal
Midfielder
Spain
Real Madrid
Midfielder
England
Chelsea
Midfielder
England
Crystal Palace
Midfielder
England
Crystal Palace
Midfielder
England
Manchester United
Forward
England
Arsenal
Forward
Germany
Bayern München
Forward
England
Manchester City
Forward
England
Brentford
Forward
England
Newcastle
Forward
England
Aston Villa
Forward
England
West Ham
Forward
England
Chelsea
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

Jude Bellingham could arguably have been in the 'Star Man' category but it's still surprising to think that the midfielder is just 20.

After making his move from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid, Bellingham was completely unfazed by playing for Europe's most successful side. The former Birmingham man scored 23 goals in 43 games as his side went on to win La Liga and the Champions League against his former side.

Is there any player better than Bellingham in his age group?


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Wildcard

Jack Grealish may well have won another title with Manchester City but the 28-year-old only started 10 Premier League games this season.

When wearing an England shirt, Grealish looks far more 'unshackled' outside of Pep Guardiola's system and that is usually when we see the very best of him. While defences are focused on the likes of Kane, Bellingham and Phil Foden, Grealish could find the space he needs on the field to drive at the opposition and create chances.


Opinion

It feels like we say this every time, but this could well be one of the best chances England have of lifting silverware at long last.

The Three Lions got agonisingly close in 2020 and there will be real determination to finally go that extra step this time.

Certainly, the talent is all there. We have already mentioned some of the names that are likely to shine going forward but as Gareth Southgate knows, it is defences that often win you tournaments and, fitness-willing, England have a defence strong enough to keep the rest of Europe at bay as a star-studded forward line hopefully leads them to glory.

Ignore the result against Iceland... Let's go all out, this is England's year!


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2024-06-09 16h20m by lhalliday_bart
As a die-hard fan of England, I can't help but feel excited for the future of our team with this fresh-looking squad. And to see our star man, Harry Kane, continue to shine on the international stage is truly thrilling. Let's hope this is just the beginning of many successful tournaments for the Three Lions.
2024-06-09 16h11m by eyoungs8
As a die-hard fan of the England national team, I have to say that I am disappointed with Gareth Southgate's uncertain future. He may have gotten us to the EURO 2020 final, but the loss against Italy was a major letdown. However, I am excited to see the potential of the young squad, especially with players like Jude Bellingham who has proven to be one of the best in the world. And I can't wait to read Playmaker's definitive guide
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