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With squad announcements beginning to happen (England's tomorrow). Thought it would be a good time to start this. 

Some surprises already in Spain opting not to take Ramos and Laporte switing allegiance from France to Spain (could have sworn he had already played for France).

Will there be any shock inclusions/omissions for England?

How do you think England and the other home nations will fare?

Who do you think will win it?

Who do you expect to be surprise team this year?

For me I think the squad of 26 has eased some headaches as I think it would have been a toss of the coin between Henderson goes or not. I think Bamford has done enough to be considered but his lack of a call up before now I can't see him making it in. I also think Maddison will only make it if Grealish is considered too unfit for it.

I think England has got the squad to go very far in the competition although have been concerned with our negativity we have approached the games against bigger teams in recent games. I think Croatia is a massive game and I think on paper we have more depth than we had in the World Cup.

My prediction is Belgium to win it. It is arguably their now or never this tournament. 

I also think Scotland and Macedonia may be the surprise teams. 

 

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I don't think Belgium will be strong enough defensively against the best in the later rounds. Same with England, both will fall at the quarter or semi final stage depending on who they draw. 

France have easily the best squad. Just look at this 11 of players that won't go -

https://twitter.com/MilanPosts/status/1395775380338925571?s=19

That side would probably make it to the later stages itself! And the fact benzema is back to take that striker role after the season he's had... It's hard to see past them. 

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i dont fancy belgium either. they only beat us because southgate shits himself against better sides and goes all defensive when we dont have the squad to play like that. 

italy and holland are going to be right in the mix again. i think that italian team might have the guts to win it.

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Yeah I've been impressed with Italy recently. I forgot to mention Portugal too. They might struggle for depth but their first 11 is as good as any out there. I actually think it's one of the strongest tournaments for years. Lots of really good teams. 

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While I think we have a squad that could go far, I'm yet to be convinced by Southgates tactics, especially vs bigger teams, so I agree with other posters, see us getting to the QF, with a maybe lucky run to the SF if the draw falls our way.

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We have some good young players and a world class finisher in Kane but its the defense that worries me, Stone has developed into a good Premiership player but International level I think he'll get found out and don't rate Kyle Walker defensively if he gets the nod. Pickfords a good keeper but I always prefer a keeper with a bit more height.

Italy usually get it together for the big tournaments and the Germans always seem to up their game, Holland might be a good shout  but losing Van dijk is a huge blow.    

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so if we won our group, we would play the second placed team of this group at wembley:

Germany, Portugal, France, Hungary

QF you say haha 

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france might not get though that group haha imagine that. DIAZ marked mbappe out the game in the champions league semi. france play germany first then hungary so the decider with be against portugal. thats a proper group of death.

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26 minutes ago, Dynamo Kev said:

france might not get though that group haha imagine that. DIAZ marked mbappe out the game in the champions league semi. france play germany first then hungary so the decider with be against portugal. thats a proper group of death.

It's not, sadly.

Farcically 4 of the 6 third placed teams progress.

All they have to do is ensure they beat Hungary and they're almost definitely all getting through anyway.

The group stages are virtually a procession now.

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2 minutes ago, TeaCider24 said:

It's not, sadly.

Farcically 4 of the 6 third placed teams progress.

All they have to do is ensure they beat Hungary and they're almost definitely all getting through anyway.

Yes but fail to beat hungry then you are left with having to beat one of the other two big ones. Whereas if italy fail to beat Wales then they have other opportunities against turkey and Switzerland which is obviously much easier than one of germany, Portugal or France. Hence the group of death. It's obviously an over dramatisation but that's always been the term for the most difficult group.

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Yes but fail to beat hungry then you are left with having to beat one of the other two big ones. Whereas if italy fail to beat Wales then they have other opportunities against turkey and Switzerland which is obviously much easier than one of germany, Portugal or France. Hence the group of death. It's obviously an over dramatisation but that's always been the term for the most difficult group.

I get that, but I don't think it works as a term anymore when more teams get out of the groups than don't.

Portugal won in 2016 after finishing 3rd in their group with 3 draws.

I'll bet money that all 3 of them progress.

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On the home nations front, I think all 3 will get out of the groups.

I'm expecting England to top their group, and Scotland will finish 3rd but will beat the Czechs and sneak through, though hopefully they're hammered in the big one against England.

I think Wales will finish 2nd behind Italy.

On paper, I genuinely think that England are the most likely to win the tournament given the quality of the squad and the fact it's a home tournament in all but name, but if I was forced to bet on a team I think I'd lean towards France as England's mentality might be an issue.

 

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