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Who will win in Germany?


The time is now, folks. We’ve made it to the summer and the European Championships are here.

Euro 2024 promises to provide a month or so worth of thrills and spills, shocks and horrors, agony and ecstasy. Football at its finest, office productivity at its lowest, just the way it should be.

But who will go all the way in Germany? Who will say ‘auf wiedersehen’ early an head home with their tails between their legs?

Here are our predictions for the summer of European football ahead.

Read along below for the deep dive of what we think is going to happen, but here you can find the abridged version of our predictions.

Will football finally come home with England this summer? No. Will the Three Lions’ journey end at the final hurdle again? Also no. Are they going to completely embarrass themselves? Again, the answer is no. The reality is they will probably finish somewhere in the middle of those possibilities.

If you had to pick one team to come through this tournament unscathed and take home the trophy, it’s probably France.

But hey, if you don’t like that answer at face value, then read on for the longer version.

Toni Kroos

Kroos is back with the German national team / Frank Augstein – Pool/GettyImages

Julian Nagelsmann would have been pleading for a tame group on home soil, but the German manager was instead dealt a mightily competitive one.

Switzerland are consistent performers at tournaments, almost always progressing into the knockouts, while Hungary and Scotland enjoyed stellar qualifying campaigns.

A lack of firepower could cost the Scots despite their defensive resolve and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Germany, emboldened by home support and a returning Toni Kroos, edge out a tight Group A with Hungary progressing in third as one of the best-performing third-place finishers.

Position

Nation

1.

Germany

2.

Switzerland

3.

Hungary

4.

Scotland

Rodri

Spain have had recent UEFA Nations League success against Italy / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Spain and Italy have seen plenty of each other in recent years and they’ll face off yet again this summer in a blockbuster Group B fixture.

Holders Italy overcame a superior Spain on penalties in the semi-finals at Euro 2020, but the Iberians have won three of the last four meetings. While Spain are without midfield star Gavi, there are more questions surrounding the Italians, who are still evolving under Luciano Spalletti.

Luis de la Fuente has done a fine job since succeeding Luis Enrique and the two-time winners are likely to be one of the most watchable teams in the group phase.

Croatia exceeded expectations at the 2022 World Cup by knocking out Brazil and advancing into the semi-finals. They’ve still got their Golden Generation core at their disposal, but they could struggle this summer.

Albania are blessed with a couple of stout defenders and won’t be a walkover, but they’re certainly the weakest team in Group B.

Position

Nation

1.

Spain

2.

Italy

3.

Croatia

4.

Albania

Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka

How far can the Three Lions go in Germany? / Julian Finney/GettyImages

All eyes are on England in Group C and the Three Lions are poised to perform impressively in the group stage yet again this summer.

There are no standout weaklings in this group, with each of the other nations boasting prolific centre-forwards. Slovenia, however, are more reliant on their star striker, Benjamin Sesko, than the other two. 20-year-old Sesko is competing at his first major tournament.

Denmark‘s meeting with Serbia will likely decide who qualifies in second and, while the Danes are unlikely to repeat their Euro 2020 magic, Serbia so often disappoint under the bright lights despite their impressive personnel.

Position

Nation

1.

England

2.

Denmark

3.

Serbia

4.

Slovenia

Olivier Giroud

France haven’t won this competition since 2000 / Clive Mason/GettyImages

France came within a penalty shootout of becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their World Cup crown.

Didier Deschamps’ squad is overwhelmingly talented and led by the world’s best player, Kylian Mbappe. The French are more than capable of an internal bust-up and a swift exit, but this harmonious group of players look like they’re beyond that.

Les Bleus toppled the Netherlands twice in their recent UEFA Nations League meetings and it’s hard to trust a Dutch side led by Ronald Koeman. As a result, they face a challenge to progress out of this group with Ralf Rangnick’s Austria set to emerge as one of the dark horses of the tournament.

Poland, who qualified via the play-offs, will be competitive in the group but ultimately finish bottom.

Position

Nation

1.

France

2.

Austria

3.

Netherlands

4.

Poland

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Belgium have been blessed with a tame group / ANP/GettyImages

Domenico Tedesco has so far astutely managed Belgium’s transition away from its Golden Generation and into an era led by youthful ebullience.

Some of the old guard remain and their presence will be pivotal for the Red Devils this summer. They’ve been blessed with a tame group and anything but a comfortable standing at its summit should be considered a disappointment.

The addition of Ukraine certainly bolsters the group, with the remaining three teams set to compete for two potential spots in the round of 16. Slovakia and Romania are two nations laced with youth that lack experience at the highest level.

Ukraine, given their recent experience, will back themselves to finish second.

Position

Nation

1.

Belgium

2.

Ukraine

3.

Romania

4.

Slovakia

Ricardo Horta, Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo will lead Portugal’s line in Germany / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages

Portugal worked a mini miracle in 2016 to win the Euros having finished third in their group and, although they endured a disappointing title defence last time out, they’re bound for a prosperous campaign this summer.

Roberto Martinez has enjoyed a bright start to life as Portugal’s manager and is a coach more suited to the demands of the international game. His side should progress as group winners, although both Turkey and Czechia will be competitive.

Having flopped miserably at Euro 2020, Turkey should enjoy more success in Germany given the reduced expectation. Czechia’s duel with Vincenzo Montella’s side will be decisive in deciding who progresses in second, with the loser facing a battle to advance in third.

As great a story Georgia is, they’ll find life tough on their tournament bow.

Position

Nation

1.

Portugal

2.

Turkey

3.

Czechia

4.

Georgia

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Time for revenge / JEWEL SAMAD/GettyImages

The expansion of the Euros to 24 teams, starting in 2016, means the four best-performing third-place finishers also advance into the round of 16 alongside the group winners and runners-up.

90min predicts Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and the Netherlands to be these four nations, with just one progressing beyond the first knockout phase. Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai will inspire an aggressive Hungary to victory over a Spain side that may have issues picking the Hungarian lock. They’re also historically poor in penalty shootouts.

France and Belgium should bypass Turkey and Serbia with relative comfort, while England, who will be out for revenge, and Portugal are poised to advance from their blockbuster ties against Croatia and the Netherlands respectively.

Euro 2020 Denmark would’ve toppled the vulnerable hosts, but their current iteration are unlikely to be up to the task against hosts Germany. Dark horses Austria overcome likely qualifiers Ukraine, while Italy and Switzerland’s duel reeks of a penalty shootout. The Italians’ recent history from 12 yards gives them the edge.

Predicted round of 16 fixtures

Winner

Switzerland vs Italy

Italy

Germany vs Denmark

Germany

England vs Croatia

England

Spain vs Hungary

Hungary

Austria vs Ukraine

Austria

Portugal vs Netherlands

Portugal

Belgium vs Serbia

Belgium

France vs Turkey

France

Leonardo Bonucci

The holders’ title defence is set to end in the quarter-finals / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Okay, now we’re getting into the really good stuff.

Eight nations remain and the scent of Euros glory will start to linger.

Unfortunately, this is where the journeys of two up-and-comers end. Hungary, who faced the hosts in Group A, are downed by a Germany side that are suddenly exceeding expectations. Portugal, meanwhile, have far too much talent for a plucky Austria to handle.

Having avenged their 2018 semi-final defeat in the previous round, England, who are undoubtedly superior but might make the contest closer than it needs to be, win the Euro 2020 final repeat to advance into the last four of a major tournament for the third time in six years.

Belgium would’ve been content with their journey thus far and will produce a spirited and spritely performance in their quarter-final tie, but France have found their imperious groove and will prove to be too much to handle.

Predicted quarter-final fixtures

Winner

Germany vs Hungary

Germany

Portugal vs Austria

Portugal

Belgium vs France

France

England vs Italy

England

A bunch of proud Germans will cry that nothing short of victory would constitute as success for the national team. However, given the turmoil that’s surrounded the historically supreme footballing nation over the past couple of years, a semi-final berth should undoubtedly be regarded as more than respectable.

The Germans are blessed with an array of talent in attack but are short in some areas, particularly at full-back. Perhaps such weaknesses will prove the difference against a Portugal side led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who’ll be determined to match Lionel Messi’s Qatari swansong this summer.

Ah, and then two familiar foes meet again. France and England, the two favourites to triumph, collide. Les Bleus dashed England’s World Cup hopes in Qatar and, although an optimistic nation will be pleading for a different outcome this time around, Gareth Southgate’s side are yet to prove they can overcome one of the elites when it matters most.

France win.

Predicted semi-final fixtures

Winner

Germany vs Portugal

Portugal

France vs England

France

90min is predicting a repeat of the Euro 2016 final this summer. Eight years ago, an unfancied Portugal broke French hearts in Paris when unlikely hero Eder struck from distance in added time.

Thus, this final should have a bit of an edge.

Sure, it’ll be cagey and tense with two pragmatists marauding the touchline. It could go either way, but we’ll back the current best in the world in Mbappe to inspire his country to silverware over the once world’s best.

France are 90min’s Euro 2024 winners.

Predicted final

Winner

Portugal vs France

France

Given the star quality at their disposal, it’s hard to look past France as favourites at this stage. Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann have shown they can lead Les Bleus to international glory in the past and will feel it is their time to shine again after disappointments at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

England are right up there given the form the likes of Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane and Phil Foden among others showed in the domestic season just passed, but whether they can pull it together when it matters most remains to be seen.

Hosts Germany will be tough for any nation to eliminate in the knockout stages, while Portugal’s prospective starting XI is as good as any other country’s at Euro 2024. More dark horse shouts include Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Croatia.

Euro 2024 winner odds

Country

Odds

England

3/1

France

4/1

Germany

11/2

Portugal

8/1

Spain

8/1

Italy

14/1

Netherlands

16/1

Belgium

16/1

Croatia

40/1

Denmark

40/1

Turkey

50/1

Switzerland

66/1

Austria

80/1

Serbia

80/1

Hungary

80/1

Ukraine

100/1

Scotland

100/1

Czechia

150/1

Poland

150/1

Romania

200/1

Slovenia

250/1

Slovakia

500/1

Georgia

500/1

Albania

500/1

Group A

Germany (preliminary)

Toni Kroos

Kroos is eyeing the perfect send-off with Germany / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Alexander Nubel (Stuttgart), Marc-Andre ter-Stegen (Barcelona).

Defenders: Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Waldemar Anton (Stuttgart), Maximilian Mittelstadt (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig), Robin Koch (Eintracht Frankfurt), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Pascal Gross (Brighton & Hove Albion), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Chris Fuhrich (Stuttgart), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona), Robert Andrich (Bayer Leverkusen), Alexander Pavlovic (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Niclas Fullkrug (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Maximilian Beier (Hoffenheim), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart).

Scotland (preliminary)

John McGinn

Scotland have a tough group / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Zander Clark (Hearts), Craig Gordon (Hearts), Angus Gunn (Norwich City), Liam Kelly (Motherwell).

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Ross McCrorie (Bristol City), Scott McKenna (Copenhagen), Ryan Porteous (Watford), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), John Souttar (Rangers), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Billy Gilmour (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

Forwards: Che Adams (Southampton), Tommy Conway (Bristol City), James Forrest (Celtic), Lawrence Shankland (Hearts).

Hungary

Dominik Szoboszlai

Szoboszlai is the star in Hungary’s squad / Charles McQuillan/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig), Peter Szappanos (Paks).

Defenders: Botond Balogh (Parma), Endre Botka (Ferencvaros), Marton Dardai (Hertha BSC), Attila Fiola (Fehervar), Adam Lang (Omonia Nicosia), Willi Orban (RB Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Freiburg).

Midfielders: Bendeguz Bolla (Servette), Mihaly Kata (MTK), Milos Kerkez (Bournemouth), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Hajduk Split), Adam Nagy (Spezia Calcio), Zsolt Nagy (Puskas Akademia), Loic Nego (Le Havre), Andras Schafer (Union Berlin), Callum Styles (Sunderland).

Forwards: Martin Adam (Ulsan Hyundai), Kevin Csoboth (Ujpest), Daniel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Krisztofer Horvath (Kecskemet), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool), Barnabas Varga (Ferencvaros).

Switzerland (preliminary)

Granit Xhaka

Xhaka is fresh off winning the Bundesliga title / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Inter), Yvon Mvogo (Lorient), Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), Marvin Keller (Winterthur), Pascal Loretz (Luzern).

Defenders: Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Schar (Newcastle United), Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Silvan Widmer (Mainz), Kevin Mbadu (Augsburg), Ulisses Garcia (Marseille), Cedric Zesigner (Wolfsburg), Leonidas Stergiou (Stuttgart), Aurele Amenda (Young Boys), Albuan Hajdari (Lugano), Bryan Okoh (RB Salzburg).

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka (Bayer Leverkusen), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Remo Freuler (Bologna), Denis Zakaria (Monaco), Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Fabian Rieder (Rennes), Uran Bislimi (Lugano), Ardon Jashari (Luzern), Filip Ugrinic (Young Boys), Vincent Sierro (Toulouse).

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Monaco), Steven Zuber (AEK Athens), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Noah Okafor (Milan), Zeki Amdouni (Burnley), Andi Zeqiri (Genk), Dan Ndoye (Bologna), Kwadwo Duah (Ludogorets), Joel Monteiro (Young Boys).

Group B

Spain (preliminary)

Lamine Yamal

Yamal is experiencing his first major international tournament / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Club), David Raya (Arsenal), Alex Remiro (Real Sociedad).

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Aymeric Laporte (Al Nassr), Robin Le Normand (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Vivian (Athletic Club), Pau Cubarsi (Barcelona), Alejandro Grimaldo (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc Cucurella (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Rodri (Manchester City), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Fabian Ruiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Aleix Garcia (Girona), Alex Baena (Villarreal), Fermin Lopez (Barcelona).

Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Joselu (Real Madrid), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Lamine Yamal (Barcelona), Ayoze Perez (Real Betis).

Croatia (preliminary)

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It could be Modric’s last international tournament / Anadolu/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Fenerbahce), Ivica Ivusic (Pafos), Nediljko Labrovic (Rijeka).

Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Josip Juranovic (Union Berlin), Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City), Borna Sosa (Ajax), Josip Stanisic (Bayer Leverkusen), Josip Sutalo (Ajax), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Marin Pongracic (Lecce).

Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Hajduk Split), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Marko Pjaca (Rijeka), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marco Pasalic (Rijeka).

Italy (preliminary)

Mateo Retegui, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Federico Chiesa and...

Can Italy defend their crown? / Insidefoto/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham Hotspur).

Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Federico Gatti (Juventus).

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus), Michael Folorunsho (Hellas Verona), Davide Frattesi (Inter), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Samuele Ricci (Torino).

Forwards: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio).

Albania (preliminary)

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Albania are playing at their second Euros tournament / ATTILA KISBENEDEK/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Empoli), Elhan Kastrati (Cittadella), Thomas Strakosha (Brentford), Simon Simoni (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Defenders: Ivan Balliu (Rayo Vallecano), Mario Mitaj (Lokomotiv Moscow), Elseid Hysaj (Lazio), Arlind Ajeti (CFR Cluj), Berat Djimsiti (Atalanta), Enea Mihaj (Famalicao), Ardian Ismajili (Empoli), Marash Kumbulla (Sassuolo), Naser Aliji (Voluntari).

Midfielders: Klaus Gjasula (Darmstadt), Nedim Bajrami (Sassuolo), Qazim Laci (Sparta Prague), Medon Berisha (Lecce), Ernest Muci (Besiktas), Yiber Ramadani (Lecce), Kristjan Asllani (Inter), Amir Abrashi (Grasshoppers).

Forwards: Rey Manaj (Sivasspor), Jasir Asani (Gwangju FC), Armando Broja (Chelsea), Taulant Seferi (Baniyas), Mirlind Daku (Rubin Kazan), Arber Hoxha (Dinamo Zagreb).

Group C

Slovenia (preliminary)

Benjamin Sesko

Big things are expected of Sesko this summer / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Vid Belec (APOEL Nicosia), Igor Vekic (Vejle), Matevz Vidovsek (Olimpija Ljubljana).

Defenders: Petar Stojanovic (Sampdoria), Jaka Bijol (Udinese), Miha Blazic (Lech Poznan), Jure Balkovec (Alanyaspor), Zan Karnicnik (Celje), David Brekalo (Orlando City), Erik Janza (Gornik Zabrze), Vanja Drkusic (Sochi), Zan Zaletel (Viborg).

Midfielders: Timi Max Elsnik (Olimpija Ljubljana), Jasmin Kurtic (Sudtirol), Benjamin Verbic (Panathinaikos), Miha Zajc (Fenerbahce), Sandi Lovric (Udinese), Adam Cerin (Panathinaikos), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Sturm Graz), Tomi Horvat (Sturm Graz), Adrian Zeljkovic (Spartak Trnava), Nino Zugelj (Bodo/Glimt).

Forwards: Josip Ilicic (Maribor), Andraz Sporar (Panathinaikos), Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig), Luka Zahovic (Pognon Szczecin), Zan Celar (Lugano), Jan Mlakar (Pisa), Zan Vipotnik (Bordeaux).

Denmark

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Man Utd stars Eriksen and Hojlund made Denmark’s squad / LISELOTTE SABROE/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Anderlecht), Frederik Ronnow (Union Berlin), Mads Hermansen (Leicester City).

Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Simon Kjaer (Milan), Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace), Jannik Vestergaard (Leicester City), Victor Nelsson (Galatasaray), Alexander Bah (Benfica), Joakim Maehle (Wolfsburg), Rasmus Kristensen (Roma), Victor Kristiansen (Leicester City).

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), Thomas Delaney (Anderlecht), Morten Hjulmand (Sporting CP), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur), Christian Norgaard (Brentford), Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford), Jacob Bruun Larsen (Burnley), Andreas Skov Olsen (Club Bruges).

Forwards: Anders Dreyer (Anderlecht), Kasper Dolberg (Anderlecht), Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United), Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig).

Serbia

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Serbia are hoping to finally come good at an international tournament / Christian Hofer/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (Torino), Predrag Rajkovic (Mallorca), Djordje Petrovic (Chelsea).

Defenders: Strahinja Pavlovic (RB Salzburg), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Srdan Babic (Spartak Moscow), Uros Spajic (Crvena zvezda), Nemanja Stojic (Crvena zvezda).

Midfielders: Sasa Lukic (Fulham), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Nemanja Maksimovic (Getafe), Ivan Ilic (Torino), Srdjan Mijailovic (Crvena zvezda), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Al Hilal), Dusan Tadic (Fenerbahce), Lazar Samardzic (Udinese), Veljko Birmancevic (Sparta Prague), Filip Kostic (Juventus), Filip Mladenovic (Panathinaikos), Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), Mijat Gacinovic (AEK Athens).

Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al Hilal), Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Luka Jovic (Milan), Petar Ratkov (RB Salzburg).

England (preliminary)

Harry Kane

Kane is still searching for some silverware / Richard Sellers/Allstar/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley).

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace), Declan Rice (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

Group D

Austria (preliminary)

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Austria are without David Alaba this summer / Guenther Iby/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Tobias Lawal (LASK), Patrick Pentz (Bayer Leverkusen), Heinz Lindner (Sion), Niklas Hedl (Rapid Vienna).

Defenders: Stefan Lainer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Stefan Posch (Bologna), Max Wober (Leeds United), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Kevin Danso (Lens), Phillipp Mwene (Mainz), Flavius Daniliuc (Salernitana), Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord), Leopold Querfeld (Rapid Vienna).

Midfielders: Marcel Sabitzer (Borussia Dortmund), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Christoph Baumgartner (RB Leipzig), Konrad Laimer (Bayern Munich), Florian Kainz (Koln), Nicolas Seiwald (RB Leipzig), Romano Schmid (Werder Bremen), Alexander Prass (Sturm Graz), Matthias Seidl (Rapid Vienna), Thierno Ballo (Wolfsberger).

Forwards: Marko Arnautovic (Bologna), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg), Andreas Weimann (unattached), Patrick Wimmer (Wolfsburg), Marco Grull (Rapid Vienna), Maximilian Entrup (Hartberg).

France (preliminary)

Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe’s future has been sorted before Euro 2024 / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United), Mike Maignan (Milan), Brice Samba (Lens).

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), William Saliba (Arsenal), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Theo Hernandez (Milan), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saint-Germain), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco).

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (Real Madrid), Bradley Barcola, (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Paris Saint-Germain), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Marcus Thuram (Inter), Randal Kolo Muani (Paris Saint-Germain), Olivier Giroud (Milan).

Netherlands

Nathan Aké, Virgil van Dijk, Brian Brobbey, Steven Bergwijn

Can the Netherlands make a dent at Euro 2024? / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Mark Flekken (Brentford), Bart Verbruggen (Brighton & Hove Albion).

Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Girona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (Inter), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Micky van de Ven (Tottenham Hotspur), Stefan de Vrij (Inter).

Midfielders: Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta), Tijjani Reijnders (Milan), Jerdy Schouten (PSV Eindhoven), Xavi Simons (Paris Saint-Germain), Joey Veerman (PSV Eindhoven), Georginio Wijnaldum (Al Ettifaq).

Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Brian Brobbey (Ajax), Memphis Depay (unattached), Cody Gakpo (Liverpool), Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund), Wout Weghorst (Burnley).

Poland (preliminary)

Robert Lewandowski, Krzyszto Piatek

Poland’s hopes rest on Lewandowski / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Marcin Bulka (Nice), Oliwier Zych (Puszcza Niepołomice).

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Empoli), Jakub Kiwior (Arsenal), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Kaiserslautern), Bartosz Salamon (Lech Poznan), Pawel Dawidowicz (Hellas Verona), Pawel Bochniewicz (Heerenveen), Sebastian Walukiewicz (Empoli).

Midfielders: Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens), Sebastian Szymanski (Fenerbahce), Jakub Moder (Brighton & Hove Albion), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens), Nicola Zalewski (Roma), Bartosz Slisz (Atlanta United), Michal Skoras (Club Bruges), Jakub Piotrowski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Taras Romanczuk (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Kacper Urbanski (Bologna).

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Karol Swiderski (Hellas Verona), Krzysztof Piatek (Istanbul Basaksehir), Adam Buksa (Antalyaspor).

Group E

Belgium

SOCCER FRIENDLY RED DEVILS VS MONTENEGRO

Belgium’s golden generation are running out of time / BRUNO FAHY/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Matz Sels (Nottingham Forest), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thomas Kaminski (Luton).

Defenders: Wout Faes (Leicester), Timothy Castagne (Fulham), Arthur Theate (Rennes), Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Zeno Debast (Anderlecht), Thomas Meunier (Trabzonspor), Maxim De Cuyper (Club Brugge).

Midfielders: Aster Vranckx (Wolfsburg), Youri Tielemans (Aston Villa), Orel Mangala (Lyon), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Arthur Vermeeren (Atletico Madrid), Amadou Onana (Everton).

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Roma), Charles De Ketelaere (Atalanta), Jeremy Doku (Manchester City), Lois Openda (Leipzig), Leandro Trossard (Arsenal), Johan Bakayoko (PSV Eindhoven), Dodi Lukebakio (Sevilla), Yannick Carrasco (Al Shabab).

Romania (preliminary)

Cristian Manea, Radu Dragusin, Vasile Mogos

Will Romania cause any upsets at Euro 2024? / Vasile Mihai-Antonio/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Florin Nita (Gaziantep), Horatiu Moldovan (Atletico Madrid), Stefan Tarnovanu (FCSB), Razvan Sava (CFR Cluj).

Defenders: Nicusor Bancu (Universitatea Craiova), Bogdan Racovitan (Rakow Czestochowa), Andrei Burca (Al Okhdood), Ionut Nedelcearu (Palermo), Adrian Rus (Pafos), Andrei Ratiu (Rayo Vallecano), Radu Dragusin (Tottenham Hotspur), Vasile Mogos (CFR Cluj).

Midfielders: Deian Sorescu (Gaziantep), Nicolae Stanciu (Damac), Razvan Marin (Empoli), Alexandru Cicaldau (Konyaspor), Ianis Hagi (Alaves), Dennis Man (Parma), Valentin Mihaila (Parma), Darius Olaru (FCSB), Marius Marin (Pisa), Florinel Coman (FCSB), Adrian Sut (FCSB), Constantin Grameni (Farul Constanta).

Forwards: Daniel Birligea (CFR Cluj), Denis Dragus (Gaziantep), George Puscas (Bari), Denis Alibec (Muaither).

Slovakia (preliminary)

Anastasios Sidiropoulos, Milan Skriniar

Skriniar is Slovakia’s star defender / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United), Marek Rodak (Fulham), Henrich Ravas (New England Revolution), Dominik Takac (Spartak Trnava).

Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha BSC), Milan Skriniar (Paris Saint-Germain), Norbert Gyomber (Salernitana), David Hancko (Feyenoord), Denis Vavro (Copenhagen), Vernon De Marco (Hatta), Michal Tomic (Slavia Prague), Adam Obert (Cagliari), Matus Kmet (AS Trencin), Sebastian Kosa (Spartak Trnava).

Midfielders: Juraj Kucka (Slovan Bratislava), Ondrej Duda (Hellas Verona), Patrik Hrosovsky (Genk), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Matus Bero (Vfl Bochum), Laszlo Benes (Hamburg), Jakub Kadak (Luzern), Dominik Holly (AS Trencin), Tomas Rigo (Banik Ostrava).

Forwards: Robert Bozenik (Boavista), Lukas Haraslin (Sparta Prague), Tomas Suslov (Hellas Verona), Ivan Schranz (Slavia Prague), David Strelec (Slovan Bratislava), David Duris (Ascoli), Robert Polievka (Dukla Banska Bystrica), Lubomir Tupta (Slovan Liberec), Leo Sauer (Feyenoord).

Ukraine

Andriy Lunin

Lunin was heroic during Real Madrid’s Champions League win / Antonio Villalba/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Heorhiy Buschchan (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Anatoliy Trubin (Benfica).

Defenders: Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton), Illya Zabarnyi (Bournemouth), Oleksandr Tymchyk (Dynamo Kyiv), Yukhym Konoplya (Shakhtar Donestk), Bohdan Mykhaylichenko (Polissya Zhytomyr), Valeriy Bondar (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksym Taloverov (LASK), Oleksandar Zinchenko (Arsenal), Oleksandr Svatok (Dnipro-1).

Midfielders: Serhiy Sydorchuk (Westerlo), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Genoa), Volodymyr Brazhko (Dynamo Kyiv), Heorhiy Sudakov (Shakhtar Donestk), Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv).

Forwards: Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Viktor Tsyhankov (Girona), Oleksandr Zubkov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mykhailo Mudryk (Chelsea), Roman Yaremchuk (Valencia), Artem Dovbyk (Girona), Vladyslav Vanat (Dynamo Kyiv).

Group F

Czechia

Goalkeepers: Jindrich Stanek (Slavia Prague), Matej Kovar (Bayer Leverkusen), Vitezslav Jaros (Sturm Graz).

Defenders: Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United), Tomas Holes (Slavia Prague), David Zima (Slavia Prague), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), David Doudera (Slavia Prague), David Jurasek (Hoffenheim), Martin Vitik (Sparta Prague), Robin Hranac (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Vicek (Slavia Prague).

Midfielders: Tomas Soucek (West Ham United), Antonin Barak (Fiorentina), Michal Sadilek (Twente), Lukas Provod (Slavia Prague), Vaclav Cerny (Wolfsburg), Ondrej Lingr (Feyenoord), Matej Jurasek (Slavia Prague), Pavel Sulc (Viktoria Plzen), Lukas Cerv (Viktoria Plzen).

Forwards: Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen), Adam Hlozek (Bayer Leverkusen), Jan Kuchta (Sparta Prague), Mojmir Chytil (Slavia Prague), Tomas Chory (Viktoria Plzen).

Georgia

Georgia v Cyprus: Group A - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers

Georgia’s hopes rest on Kvaratskhelia / Levan Verdzeuli/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Giorgi Loria (Dinamo Tbilisi), Giorgi Mamardashvili (Valencia), Luka Gugeshashvili (Qarabag).

Defenders: Guram Kashia (Slovan Bratislava), Otar Kakabadze (Cracovia), Solomon Kvirkvelia (Al Okhdood), Lasha Dvali (APOEL), Jemal Tabidze (Panetolikos), Luka Lochoshvili (Cremonese), Giorgio Gocholeishvili (Shakhtar Donetsk), Giorgio Gvelesiani (Persepolis).

Midfielders: Gabriel Sigua (Basel), Nika Kvekveskiri (Lech Poznan), Otar Kiteishvili (Sturm Graz), Saba Lobzhanidze (Atlanta United), Zuriko Davitashvili (Bordeaux), Giorgi Chakvetadze (Watford), Levan Shengelia (Panetolikos), Giorgi Tsitaishvili (Dinamo Batumi), Anzor Mekvabishvili (Universitatea Craiova), Giorgi Kochorashvili (Levante), Sandro Altunashvili (Wolfsberger).

Forwards: Giorgi Kvilitaia (APOEL), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli), Budu Zivzivadze (Karlsruher), Georges Mikautadze (Metz).

Portugal (preliminary)

Portugal players thanks their fans during the UEFA friendly...

Portugal boast a very strong squad / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Roma), Jose Sa (Wolves), Diogo Costa (Porto).

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Pepe (Porto), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Joao Cancelo (Barcelona), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Nelson Semedo (Wolves).

Midfielders: Joao Neves (Benfica), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Ruben Neves (Al Hilal), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Matheus Nunes (Manchester City).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr), Joao Felix (Barcelona), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Rafael Leao (Milan), Goncalo Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Francisco Conceicao (Porto).

Turkey (preliminary)

Arda Guler

Wonderkid Guler is in Turkey’s squad / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Goalkeepers: Altay Bayindir (Manchester United), Mert Gunok (Besiktas), Dogan Alemdar (Troyes), Ugurcan Cakir (Trabzonspor).

Defenders: Fedri Kadioglu (Fenerbahce), Zeki Celik (Roma), Merih Demiral (Al Ahli), Samet Akaydin (Panathinaikos), Ozan Kabak (Hoffenheim), Mert Muldur (Fenerbahce), Cenk Ozkacar (Valencia), Abdulkerim Bardakci (Galatasaray), Ahmetcan Kaplan (Ajax).

Midfielders: Okay Yokuslu (West Brom), Berat Ozdemir (Trabzonspor), Salih Ozcan (Borussia Dortmund), Orkun Kokcu (Benfica), Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter), Ismail Yuksek (Fenerbahce), Arda Guler (Real Madrid), Abdulkadir Omur (Hull), Kaan Ayhan (Galatasaray), Can Uzun (Nurnberg).

Forwards: Kerem Akturkoglu (Galatasaray), Irfan Kahveci (Fenerbahce), Yusuf Yazici (Lille), Yunus Akgun (Leicester), Kenan Yildiz (Juventus), Baris Alper Yilmaz (Galatasaray), Oguz Aydin (Alanyaspor), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Semih Kilicsoy (Besiktas).

Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe’s goals could power him to the Golden Boot and France to Euros glory / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Deep runs from France, Portugal and England means Mbappe, Ronaldo and Harry Kane should all be close to topping the scoring charts.

Perhaps Bukayo Saka will continue his prolific club form in Germany as well, but Jude Bellingham’s role in the England set-up means he’s unlikely to be quite as free-scoring.

Ronaldo has been prolific in Saudi Arabia, but can the superstar veteran still deliver on the grand stage? A few penalties will certainly help him out, but Kylian Mbappe, having topped the scoring charts at the 2022 World Cup, is set to repeat his heroics in Germany.

Maximilian Beier

Beier could turn heads at Euro 2024 / Markus Gilliar/GettyImages

France have a few contenders with teenager Warren Zaire-Emery poised to make the squad and Bradley Barcola likely to be considered by Deschamps. Both could play key roles for 90min’s expected Euro 2024 champions this summer.

Highly-regarded midfielder Joao Neves as well as defenders Goncalo Inacio and Antonio Silva could also stand out for Portugal. Box-crashing midfielder Davide Frattesi could snag a few goals off the bench for Italy, while Belgium’s Johan Bakayoko and Turkey’s Kenan Yildiz enter the tournament having enjoyed promising club campaigns.

However, a more unfamiliar name to keep an eye on is Maximilian Beier. The 21-year-old Hoffenheim star could emerge as the host nation’s new hero this summer having enjoyed a fine season in the Bundesliga. Given Germany’s lack of high-quality number 9s, Beier might get the chance to lead the line.

If you haven’t gauged it already, 90min is not bullish on the Netherlands. After reaching the quarter-finals in Qatar, the Dutch endured a miserable 2023 with Koeman at the helm and have questions surrounding their goalkeeper and striker positions heading into the tournament.

Austria v Germany - International Friendly

Rangnick could mastermind a successful tournament for Austria / Severin Aichbauer/GettyImages

There’s seemingly always a team that pops out from nowhere at a major tournament, embarking on a run very few foreshadowed. Think Turkey in 2008, Iceland in 2016 and Denmark in 2021 (Euro 2020).

There’s some hype surrounding both Austria and Hungary given their impressive qualifying campaigns, but very few will expect them to do much damage at Euro 2024. Not 90min. We’re backing them to not only advance from their respective groups, but progress into the quarter-finals.

Ralf Rangnick has re-energised a nation that hasn’t exactly been short of talent over the past decade, while Hungary’s ruggedness and collective cohesion will serve them well in Germany.

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