Euro 2024: Can England finally bring it home

19 February 2024

The European Championship is less than four months away, so we have taken a look at the contenders to lift the trophy in Germany. Who will come out on top this summer?

England (4.3)

England have gone close to international glory under Gareth Southgate, but this is the first time in the last few years that they are the pre-tournament favourites. 

Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham are two of the best players in the world in their respective positions, but there are still doubts over the defence and Southgate’s in-game management.

France (5)

In the last four major tournaments, France have reached the final on three occasions. The exception was the last European Championship three years ago, but Didier Deschamps’ team should be there or thereabouts this time around.  

France boast extraordinary strength in depth, while a front two of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe would scare every defence at the tournament.

Germany (8.2)

The last few years have not been kind to Germany: group stage eliminations at back-to-back World Cups, plus a last-16 exit from Euro 2020. 

They have had much stronger squads than the current group, but home advantage could be a factor. Despite their recent struggles, Germany can never be written off.

Spain (9.4)

Since winning Euro 2012, Spain have only gone beyond the round of 16 of an international tournament on one occasion. 

The unassuming Luis de la Fuente is the man in charge of the national team these days, but the focus on possession football remains. Spain must show more of a cutting edge up front if they are to emerge victorious this summer.

Portugal (9.8)

Many will like the look of this price given the quality within Portugal’s squad. 

Roberto Martinez has his critics but he is at least familiar with international football, while every other squad in the tournament would benefit from the addition of players like Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes. Cristiano Ronaldo would dearly love to end his international career on a high.

Belgium (17.5)

Most members of Belgium’s golden generation have now departed, but reduced expectations could actually benefit Domenico Tedesco’s men as the Red Devils attempt to win their first ever major trophy.

Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku are still around, joined by the likes of Jeremy Doku and Leandro Trossard. The draw has also been reasonably kind to Belgium.

Italy (19.5)

Italy are the holders following their victory over England in the final of Euro 2020. However, the Azzurri have gone backwards since then, even missing out on the 2022 World Cup after losing to North Macedonia in the play-offs. Italy’s chances should not be dismissed out of hand, but it would be a shock if they went all the way in Germany.

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France have been there and done it at international tournaments under Deschamps, who is ideally suited to management at this level. Les Bleus also have the strongest squad on the continent and the best player in the world at their disposal. Take up odds of 5 on them triumphing.

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