England Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Can England finally fulfill its potential on an international stage?
England have always been perennial underachievers at major tournaments, having never won the Euro Championships. Their best performance in recent years was all the way back in 1996 where they reached the semi-finals before losing to Germany on penalties. While England’s Golden Generation never won a title, fans are excited by their current crop of talent. Several bookies have them as favourites to win the competition.
- England’s last Euro Championship performance saw them failing to top a relatively easy group. They lost to Iceland in the last 16.
- Despite the poor performance, head coach Gareth Southgate kept his position. He partially redeemed himself in the eyes of the fans with a decent World Cup campaign.
- England have the talent to win the tournament. It’s simply a question of whether they are able to make the most of it.
England Team Guide: Tactics
Southgate’s England team have occasionally used a 4-3-3 formation, although recent games have seen a switch to 3-4-3. England have a lot of attacking and creative talent, with key players taking up the forward and central midfield. England are good at keeping possession in midfield. They have a lot of pace in the wide areas, which they can use to counterattack effectively. Their defence is the weakest link.
England’s captain and main attacking threat is Harry Kane. He’s consistently been one of the best strikers in the world over the past few seasons and has also racked up an impressive goal tally for his country. He currently has 32 goals scored in 51 games for England.
Gareth Southgate became full-time England manager in November 2016 after a good run of games as interim coach. Since then, he’s taken the team to two major tournaments. While the last Euro Championship was a campaign to forget, Southgate led England to a semi-final defeat in the last World Cup. Interestingly, Southgate was the player who missed his penalty to give Germany the victory the last time England reached a Euro Championship semi-final.
England Team Guide: Player Profile
Phil Foden recently starred in England’s UEFA Nation’s League game as they soundly beat Iceland 4-0. Responsible for two goals and an assist, Foden controlled the game as an attacking midfielder, showing why Guardiola rates him so highly.
England have sometimes lacked creativity in midfield in the past, but this Euro Championship should see several players available in that position, including Sancho and Grealish. Foden seems to be the most talented of the bunch and will no doubt have a big impact on games where he starts.
England Team Guide: England Euro 2021 Odds to win
England are one of the favourites to win the competition thanks to their strong attacking talent. Their group is not the easiest, however. They’ll have to deal with Croatia, who knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup, as well as Scotland, their oldest rivals. See the current England Euro 2021 odds to win below:
All odds were correct at time of publication on 26/04/21. Odds are subject to change.
Check out our England v Croatia Odds match article.