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Euro 2020 Group D Preview

Unpredictable group.

Croatia

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History

Croatia made their Euro debut in 1996 and managed to reach the quarter-finals then. They will now be going into their 6th Euro’s. Their best finish was reaching the quarter-finals in 1996 and 2008. Croatia did extremely well in the World Cup a couple of years ago and are ranked 11th in the world. They are for sure a team to keep an eye on. 

Team

Goalkeepers – Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Simon Sluga (Luton Town)

Defenders – Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Mile Skoric (Osijek), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw), Josko Gvardiol (Dinamo Zagreb), Domagoj Bradaric (Lille)

Midfielders – Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moskva), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards – Ivan Perisic (Inter), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Ante Rebic (AC Milan), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb)

Manager – Zlatko Dalic 

Most Caps – Luka Modric (137)

Captain – Luka Modric

Star Player – Luka Modric

Croatia are a very good team just by looking at that squad. There is quality all around the pitch. Livakovic is a solid goalkeeper. The defence is a solid mix of youth and experience with the likes of Vida, Lovren, Caleta-Car and Barisic. Vrsaljko is a solid full back as well. The midfield is stacked with talent, Kovacic, Modric, Brozovic, Pasalic and Badelj are all players that have experience and in some cases youth on their side. Perisic, Brekalo, and Kramaric are main stays up front but the likes of Rebic can also start having had some very solid seasons at Milan. I think they should reach the quarter’s of the competition and should be one of the favourites in this group. 

Czech Republic

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History

The Czech Republic made their debut in the very first Euros in 1960. Back then they were known as Czechoslovakia though and were Czechoslovakia until 1992. They of course won the Euros as Czechoslovkia in 1976. They will be playing in their 10th Euro’s this time out. As the Czech Republic their best finish came in 1996 when they were runners up. Since then they have done pretty well although in 2016 they failed to get past the group stage. The Czech Republic find themselves 42nd in the world rankings. 

Team

Goalkeepers – Tomas Vaclik (Sevilla), Ales Mandous (Sigma Olomouc), Jiri Pavlenka (Werder Bremen)

Defenders – Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Ondrej Celustka (Sparta Prague), David Zima (Slavia Prague), Vladimir Coufal (West Ham), Tomas Kalas (Bristol City), Ales Mateju (Brescia), Jan Boril (Slavia Prague), Tomas Holes (Slavia Prague), Jakub Brabec (Viktoria Plzen)

Midfielders – Antonin Barak (Hellas Verona), Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Lukas Masopust (Slavia Prague), Petr Sevcik (Slavia Prague), Jakub Jankto (Sampdoria), Tomas Soucek (West Ham), Alex Kral (Spartak Moscow), Jakub Pesek (Slovan Liberec), Michal Sadilek (Slovan Liberec)

Forwards – Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen), Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw), Michael Krmencik (PAOK), Matej Vydra (Burnley), Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague)

Manager – Jaroslav Silhavy

Most Caps – Vladimir Darida (71)

Captain – Vladimir Darida

Star Player – Tomas Soucek

As far as teams go the Czech Republic have a decent side. Gone are the days of Rosicky and Cech but there are some players that can cause damage. Coufal, Kalas, Darida, Jankto, Soucek, Kral and Schick are all players that stand out. I feel like the Czech Republic will find it hard to get past the group stage but they have a chance when it comes to finishing 3rd. A 3rd place finish can still get you into a play off type fixture to advance in the competition. 

England

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History

England made their debut in the Euros in 1968 since then they have played in 9 Euros and will be playing their 10th this summer. Their best finish came in that debut tournament as they finished 3rd. Since then in 1996 they managed to reach the semi-finals. England are the 4th ranked team in the world and have a talented squad. In 2016 they only managed to reach the Round of 16 and they should go farther than that this time. 

Team

Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Dean Henderson (Man United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom)

Defenders – Kyle Walker (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man United), John Stones (Man City), Harry Maguire (Man United), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea) 

Midfielders – Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards – Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Marcus Rashford (Man United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) 

Manager – Gareth Southgate

Most Caps – Jordan Henderson (58)

Captain – Harry Kane

Star Player – Harry Kane

One player remains to be added to the England squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out due to injury. Odds are it is either Ward-Prowse or Lingard. What a team England have. If it wasn’t for the fact that Gareth Southgate was their manager England would be one of the favourites to win the Euro’s for sure. It’s a pretty young squad with plenty of depth. Nick Pope’s injury means that Pickford will probably be number 1 goalkeeper. Henderson could get a chance. In defence it really depends what formation Southgate goes with but a centre back pairing of Stones and Maguire is likely. Reece James should start at right back given his Champions League winning season while at left back it’s a shootout between Chilwell and Shaw although on form Chilwell ended the season the better of the two. In midfield again Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Grealish, Foden, and Sancho should be the ones that start in my eyes with Kane up top. There is plenty of depth available for Southgate then with the likes of Bellingham, Rashford, Phillips, Henderson, and Sterling. Calvert-Lewin is a solid option behind Kane. I have expectations from England and I think they can reach the latter stages it really depends on how attacking Southgate wants to be. The squad is more than capable though. 

Scotland

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History

Scotland’s debut in the Euros came in 1992 when they failed to get past the Group Stage. Their only other participation came in 1996 when they also failed to get past the Group Stage. 5 Euros later Scotland will finally manage to make their 3rd appearance in the competition this summer. Scotland is the 48th ranked team in the world. 

Team

Goalkeepers – David Marshall (Derby County), Craig Gordon (Hearts), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)

Defenders – Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Liam Cooper (Leeds), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Jack Hendry (Oostende), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest) 

Midfielders – Scott McTominay (Man United), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), David Turnbull (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), James Forrest (Celtic) 

Forwards – Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Che Adams (Southampton), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) 

Manager – Steve Clarke

Most Caps – Craig Gordon (57)

Captain – Andrew Robertson

Star Player – Andrew Robertson

Scotland have made it to the Euros and deserve to be there. Their squad is a talented one with some very promising players. Robertson, Tierney, Hanley, and Cooper all stick out in defence. McTominay, McGinn, Fleck, Gilmour, Armstrong, and Fraser are all players that have done well in the Premier League. Up front Dykes and Adams are solid options. I don’t expect Scotland to do anything out of the ordinary but they have a solid chance to get 3rd in this group and potentially move into the knockout stages. 

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